Farm Bill amendment friendly to local producers

first_img Irrigation sources available to Alabama farmers are rivers and streams, deep wells and impoundments.Irrigation from all sources is costly and financial incentives are encouragement to farmers to make the investments that will increase their productivity.“In recent years, we have been plagued by drought conditions and our corn crops have been hit especially hard,” Boothe said. “There are five times during the growing season that rain is critical to corn. Irrigation makes it possible for farmers to have water when they need it.“That makes a huge difference in production. Irrigated land will produce four to five times the yield of dry cropland.“We are fortunate that, in Alabama, we have good water supplies. We have the water. It’s a matter of getting it to the crops. We need to provided our farmers with the assistance they need to irrigate.” By The Penny Hoarder You Might Like Farmers Market opens June 1 The Pike Farmers Market will open as planned on Saturday, June 1 on the back parking lot of First United… read more Published 6:57 pm Tuesday, May 28, 2013 Book Nook to reopen Skip Sponsored Content Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Farm Bill amendment friendly to local producers By Jaine Treadwell Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author Sessions said that the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP), which receives about $60 million annually, provides financial and technical assistance for agricultural producers to implement agricultural water enhancement activities. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture currently requires AWEP participants to certify that their farm acres have a prior history of irrigation.Sessions said that requirement prevents most Alabama farmers from being eligible for the program. In Alabama, less than five percent of farm acres are irrigated.“My amendment, which was accepted by unanimous agreement in the Senate [May 21], eliminates this unwarranted restriction and will help ensure that more Alabama farmers are eligible for USDA irrigation assistance programs,” Session said. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Latest Stories State Rep. Alan Boothe, R-Troy, said that any assistance that will help Alabama farmers put water on their crops is welcomed.In March, Boothe and Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur sponsored a bill that would give farmers five years from the date of a completed irrigation or reservoir construction project to claim a one-time maximum tax credit of $10,000. Gov. Robert Bentley signed the Irrigation Tax Credit Improvement Bill into law.“We also changed the flow rates to open up more rivers and streams to irrigation,” Boothe said. “We want to provide any assistance possible to help our farmers be more competitive.”Sessions’ amendment is one of those things, he said. The Senate has adopted an amendment to the Farm Bill that will help protect Alabama Farmers against drought and promote increased production.U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, introduced the amendment that will expand irrigation in Alabama.The amendment will need the support of the House of Representatives. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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