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On Thursday, June 20th, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on the House version of the 2013 Farm Bill, HR-1947. It received a solid trouncing, going down in defeat, 195 to 234. Obviously, the House leadership is challenged with a House majority that defies being led, compounded by an inherent inability to build consensus. Perhaps a dose of cluelessness, too: both Speaker John Boehner, (R-OH) and Ranking Member of the House Ag Committee, Collin Peterson, (D-MN) were convinced they had the necessary votes for passage of HR-1947 until the vote was actually underway. Both were blindsided by botched vote estimates, then stunned and dismayed watching the best chance for a much anticipated 2013 Farm Bill go down the pipe!
Big question is now whether they will tweak HR-1947, try to rally support, (if that is even possible) and run it through again, or just re-up the currently extended 2008 Farm Bill when it expires on Sept. 30th. Currently, all concerned are licking wounds and crafting poisonous rhetoric to hurl at each other. Sadly, in the U.S. House, this is now what passes as business as usual, after a major legislative failure. Continue reading→
By working with the Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project this season, Chenango County has successfully recycled 4,000 pounds of plastic that would otherwise have been sent to the landfill. Since February RAPP and CCE have been encouraging farms that wish to participate to put “plastics best management practices” into action. So far only 10 farms in the county are actively participating, but others can join by following a few basic BMPs: keep plastic as clean and dry as possible, shake out pebbles and clumps of soils, and then roll or fold the plastic into pillow-sized bundles. Plastic that is going to be recycled should be stored on a pallet, out of the mud and gravel, with different colors and types separated. Continue reading→