Thought you might be interested in learning about proposed farm bill 
changes that affect new/beginning farmers. Deb

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Subject: 	[statecontacts] Secretary Johanns Discusses USDA Farm Bill 
Proposals for Beginning Farmers
Date: 	Wed, 2 May 2007 11:25:40 -0400
From: 	McAleer, Patricia <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To: 	McAleer, Patricia <[log in to unmask]>
To: 	statecontacts <[log in to unmask]>

*Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns described in great detail a broad 
package of proposed changes to several titles of the farm bill that will 
help future generations of farmers and ranchers become established in 
production agriculture. *

*Key elements of the beginning farmer and rancher proposals include: an 
increase in direct payments to major crop producers; targeting 10 
percent of conservation payments to beginning farmers and ranchers; 
reducing the interest rate under the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Down 
Payment Loan Program and doubling the maximum loan amount among other 
enhancements; and creating a combined maximum of $500,000 for direct 
operating loans and direct ownership loans. *

*Visit the *_*USDA Newsroom*_ 
to read the full release (April 17) and to learn more about the major 
components of the proposals to assist beginning farmers and ranchers. *

Patricia McAleer

Program Specialist
Economic and Community Systems, CSREES, USDA
Phone: 202 /720-2635
Fax: 202 / 690-3162
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Debra Heleba
Land Link Vermont Coordinator
University of Vermont Center for Sustainable Agriculture
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