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House stays open to recovering local farm losses

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Farm troubles dairy producers and honey beekeppers experience in San Diego have not been set right during the months House representatives smoothed out the rough spots in the Federal Agricultural Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013. This week, the Congress took a step toward stopping farm production from slipping low during thin years when the House agreed on the latest version of the bill.

The bill that will cover 2014 crop year grain and rice producers that produce crops falling below a federal price will put off farm budget shortfall let downs on farms that produce undervalued crops. Federal price subsidies, called price loss coverage, the Democrats and Republican legislators in San Diego agreed to pass in 2013, will give dairy producers their first protection against failure. Loan deficiency payments also will help the local farmers escape serious financialo troubles. Payments agreed to by farmers who participate in the dairy producer marketing insurance program can restore losses on productiion below a threshold level.

Local agriculture plans have loose ends until the federal Congress agrees on the risk management plan.

A plan honey beekeepers in San Diego county might not have to make concessions on. Drought conditions that weaken the bee population will, if the bill passes, give keepers a justification for taking a chance on using federal emergency assistance payments to keep production up. COunty Supervisor Diane Jacobs, this last Wednesday, during the annual State of the COunty Address, stood her ground on helping the keepers stay out of production troubles. The plan is to work on relieving local rules the keepers have to follow to keep bees an produce honey.

Federal representative and senators on the bill conference committee officially reported this week offsetting the bee keeping losses is worth the federal government's price. Noting the crop production follows the fate of the pollinators. Bees, and other pollinators, contribute to the "production of one-third of the hhuman diet," and, the "reproduction of 80 percent of flowering plants."

Federal legilators can seize an opportunity to lower risks onthe local farms.

THis is an On The Watch Take.

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