Federal::Farm Bill

October 2014 ::Farm Bill

Based on the funding provided by the Farm Bill, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the 247 recipients of $25 million in Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG). A total of 28 wineries and/or vineyards in 20 states received $3,281,928 in grants from this program. Eight wineries in seven states received the maximum grant of $200,000. The [...]

June 2014 ::Farm Bill

The House Appropriations Committee met and approved its version of the FY 15 Agriculture Appropriations bill.  As reported by the committee, the legislation includes full funding of $200 million for MAP and $34.5 million for FMD, as authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.  The bill is expected to be considered by the House later in [...]

May 2014 ::Farm Bill

Now that the monumental task of passing the Farm Bill is over, legislatures and farmers are left with another monumental task: decoding and implementing the massive legislation. We encourage wineries to stay up-to-date with the Farm Bill implementation process by visiting www.usda.gov/farmbill and attending informational sessions on the Farm Bill. To track projected economic impacts, [...]

March 2014 ::Farm Bill

USDA is planning a six month roll out of the 2014 Farm Bill. They have scheduled listening sessions in D.C. to update and answer questions from industry partners. WineAmerica will be attending the relevant session. They have announced that starting April 15th producers will be able to apply for Safety Net programs for 2011, 2012, [...]

February 2014 ::Farm Bill

Farm Bill: The Farm Bill was signed into law on February 7 after a two-year reauthorization process.  Some of the highlights impacting the wine industry are: Specialty Crop Research Initiative – Mandatory funding is set for $80 million per year. For FY2014-2018, $25 million per year will be reserved to address emergency citrus greening research. [...]