Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation
Agricultural News and Information
Greg Gibson, Coordinator
Public Relations / Multimedia
1-800-227-8244 ext. 4154
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FARM BUREAU SUPPORTS USDA ACTION ON FEDERAL BASE ACRE DECISION
JACKSON - The recent decision by USDA to reinstate the base acres on
all federal lands is a big win for many of Mississippi’s farm families
according to the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation.
“We are extremely pleased by the recent USDA decision to rescind
the ruling of December 23, 2008, which terminated base acreage on federal
lands,” said Farm Bureau President David Waide. “President
Bush’s ruling essentially removed the safety net for many farm families
in Mississippi who lease federal land. This latest action was an administrative
change, not based on any statutory requirement in the 2008 Farm Bill approved
by the Congress. We saw this move by the outgoing Bush Administration
as a breach in the contract with America’s farmers.”
The December rule stated that, beginning with the 2009 crop year, producers
who leased federal land would no longer be eligible for these safety net
payments which had been authorized under the 2008 Farm Bill. It was effective
immediately, and left many producers to face their lenders with no safety
net coverage for the crop production on that land.
“Without the help and support from Congressman Travis
Childers and Senator Thad Cochran, we feel like this rule would not have
been overturned,” said Waide. “We contacted their offices
immediately when we discovered the impact this ruling had on Mississippi
farmers. Their involvement ultimately led to a very positive outcome on
this unfair decision. We cannot thank them enough for their role in reversing
The provision impacted 34 states, including Mississippi, and represented
more than $5.5 million per year in lost direct payments, as well as an
unknown amount of counter-cyclical payments.
Farm Bureau Federation is the state's largest general farm
organization with more than 209,000 member-families statewide. There
are Farm Bureaus in all 82 counties in Mississippi
where agriculture comprises a fundamental part of
Mississippi 's economy.
Headquartered in Jackson
, the federation is an independent, non-profit agricultural
organization and is not associated with any arm of the government.
For more information about Farm Bureau, visit our website at www.msfb.com.