"It's become apparent that the supercommittee has failed," said Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., at the beginning of a roundtable discussion about the 2012 farm bill held in Sioux Falls at the American Coalition for Ethanol offices Nov. 22.
The U.S. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., introduced the final conference report this week for an appropriations package that would not provide funding for a large portion of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Act (GIPSA) rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Without appropriate funding the rule, which would have brought competitiveness and fairness to several livestock market sectors, will do little, if anything, to help family farmers in the pork and beef industries.
"We need to do a little more, and when you do those things good things come back to you. When good things come back to you, you're going to be happy," motivational speaker and author V.J. Smith, of Brookings, told a group of students Nov. 8 at Woonsocket High School during the Junior Rural Economice and Leadership (Jr. REAL) Development Program.