Key Votes

HR 2642 - Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 - Key Vote

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013

Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (Senate) (68-32) - (Key vote)

Title: Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that amends the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), amends crop insurance programs, and repeals certain crop subsidies.

Highlights:

Project Vote Smart staff and volunteers have provided this synopsis based on an initial review of the text and voting record of HR 2642. We will continue to analyze the contents of this bill and will have more information available as soon as possible.

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Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (House) (251-166) - (Key vote)

Title: Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that amends the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), amends crop insurance programs, and repeals certain crop subsidies.

Highlights:

Project Vote Smart staff and volunteers have provided this synopsis based on an initial review of the text and voting record of HR 2642. We will continue to analyze the contents of this bill and will have more information available as soon as possible.

For further status information, call the Voter's Research Hotline at 1-888-VOTE-SMART (1-888-868-3762).

Legislation - Nonconcurrence Vote Passed (Senate) -
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NOTE: THIS VOTE PASSED BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT, MEANING NO MEMBER OBJECTED TO THE PASSAGE OF THE VOTE. THIS DOES NOT NECESSARILY INDICATE THAT ALL MEMBERS FAVORED THE VOTE'S OUTCOME.

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (House) -
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) -
Note:

NOTE: THIS VOTE PASSED BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT, MEANING NO MEMBER OBJECTED TO THE PASSAGE OF THE VOTE. THIS DOES NOT NECESSARILY INDICATE THAT ALL MEMBERS FAVORED THE VOTE'S OUTCOME.

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (216-208) - (Key vote)

Title: Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that repeals direct payments to farmers, repeals permanent price support levels, and amends crop insurance and dairy programs.

Highlights:
  • Repeals direct payments, counter-cyclical payments, and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program for producers on farms of the “covered commodities” of wheat, corn, grain sorghum, barley, oats, upland cotton, long and medium grain rice, soybeans, “other” oilseeds, and peanuts (Secs. 1101-1104).
  • Requires a farmer to make “significant contribution” to his or her farming operation with personal labor, capital, equipment, and land in order to receive direct payments, counter-cyclical payments, and ACRE program payments, whereas existing law authorizes the farmer to also receive payments for active personal management (Sec. 1603A).
  • Requires the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture to make price loss coverage payments to producers on farms for a covered commodity when the effective price for the commodity for the crop year is less than the reference price for the commodity for the 2014 crop year and each crop year after (Sec. 1107).
  • Requires the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture to make a one-time revenue loss coverage payment to producers on farms for a covered commodity when the actual county revenue for the crop year for the covered commodity is less than the county revenue loss coverage “trigger” for the crop year for the covered commodity (Sec. 1107).
  • Repeals the permanent price support for certain commodities authority provisions of the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938 and the Agricultural Act of 1949 (Sec. 1602).
  • Requires farmers for the 2014 crop year and each crop year thereafter to maintain “sound agricultural practices” by meeting the following requirements prior to receiving price and revenue loss coverage payments (Sec. 1108):
    • Comply with applicable conservation requirements;
    • Comply with applicable “wetland protection” requirements; and
    • Control “noxious weeds”.
  • Authorizes farmers to purchase additional crop insurance coverage from the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation through the Supplemental Coverage Option based on either of the following, beginning no later than the 2014 crop year (Sec. 10003):
    • An individual or area yield and loss basis;
    • An individual yield and loss basis supplemented with coverage based on an area yield and loss basis to cover part of the deductible under the individual yield and loss insurance plan policy;
    • A margin basis alone or in combination with coverage based on individual or area yields and losses.
  • Limits the amount of optional additional disaster assistance provided to producers of noninsured crops to no more than 65 percent of individual yields, whereas existing law did not specify a limit (Sec. 11306).
  • Prohibits an individual or legal entity with an adjusted gross income exceeding $950,000 from receiving any of the following federal benefits (Sec. 1604):
    • Price and revenue loss coverage payments;
    • Marketing loan gains or loan deficiency payments;
    • Disaster assistance; or
    • Payments made through the Noninsured Crop Assistance Program.
  • Requires the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture to appropriate funds from the Commodity Credit Corporation to make livestock insurance payments to eligible livestock producers on farms that have incurred livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality due to certain conditions including, but not limited to, adverse weather (Sec. 1501).
  • Repeals the Catfish Inspection Program (Sec. 11107).
  • Requires the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture to reconcile the social security numbers of all individuals who receive payments under this act with the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration at least twice a year to determine if the individuals are still living (Sec. 1607).
  • Requires the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture to establish the Dairy Producer Margin Insurance Program which makes margin insurance payments to participating dairy producers whenever the average actual dairy producer margin for a consecutive 2 month period is less than the coverage level threshold selected by the dairy producer (Sec. 1401).
  • Repeals the Dairy Product Price Support Program, the Milk Income Loss Contract Program, the Dairy Export Incentive Program, and the Federal Milk Marketing Order Review Commission (Secs. 1411, 1412 & 1416).
  • Establishes new crop insurance protection plans for producers of upland cotton and peanuts (Secs. 10016 & 10017).
  • Establishes economic adjustment assistance at a rate of $.03 per pound for domestic users of upland cotton (Sec. 1207).
  • Establishes a competitiveness payment program for domestic users and exporters of extra-long staple cotton produced in the United States whenever the following occurs (Sec. 1208):
    • The price of extra-long staple cotton produced in the United States exceeds the world market price; and 
    • The lowest priced competing growth of extra-long staple cotton is less than 134 percent of the loan rate for extra-long staple cotton.
  • Extends the requirement that the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture make loans available to sugar cane and sugar beet farmers at the following rates (Sec. 1301):
    • 18.75 cents per pound for raw sugar cane; and
    • 128.5 percent of the loan rate per pound for raw sugar cane.
  • Increases the minimum amount that may be used to assist certain countries in increasing farm production and farmer incomes to an amount not less than the greater of $15 million or 0.5 percent of the funds appropriated to the John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer Program for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2018 (Sec. 3014).
  • Prohibits the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services from enforcing any regulations under the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act until the Secretary publishes certain information in the Federal Register including, but not limited to, scientific and economic analysis of the proposed rule (Sec. 11321).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013

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