H.R. 1727: Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2013

Apr 25, 2013
Referred to Committee
2% chance of being enacted
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Timothy Walz
Representative for Minnesota's 1st congressional district
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Apr 25, 2013
35 pages
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H.R. 3236 (112th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Oct 14, 2011

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Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2013

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Apr 25, 2013


This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on April 25, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Introduced Apr 25, 2013
Referred to Committee Apr 25, 2013
Reported by Committee ...
Passed House ...
Passed Senate ...
Signed by the President ...

14% chance of getting past committee.
2% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

To expand and improve opportunities for beginning farmers and ranchers, and for other purposes.


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21 cosponsors (18D, 3R) (show)

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Library of Congress Summary

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Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2013 - Amends the Food Security Act of 1985 to extend: (1) the conservation reserve and related programs, and (2) assistance to disadvantaged or beginning farmers or ranchers for access to the environmental quality incentives and the conservation stewardship programs.
Permits conservation reserve contract modification to facilitate transfers from retiring owners to limited resource farmers or ranchers.
Amends the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act to:
(1) reduce the number of operating years required for a beginning farmer or rancher to qualify for a direct real estate loan;
(2) extend conservation loan and loan guarantee authority, and reserve specified amounts for beginning farmers and ranchers;
(3) extend the beginning farmer and rancher individual development accounts pilot program;
(4) authorize micro loans for beginning farmers or ranchers; and
(5) make the direct operating loan set-aside for beginning farmers and ranchers permanent.
Amends the Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000 to extend the value-added agricultural product market development grant program.
Amends the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to extend the beginning farmer and rancher development program. Provides assistance for agricultural rehabilitation and vocational training for veterans.
Amends the Competitive, Special, and Facilities Research Grant Act to extend the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. Provides priority assistance for new farming opportunities, including young, beginning, socially disadvantaged, and immigrant issues, as well as farm entry, transition, and transfer issues.
Amends the Federal Crop Insurance Act to provide for risk management programs targeted at beginning, socially disadvantaged, transitioning, or legal immigrant farmers and ranchers.
Amends the Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994 to establish in the Department of Agriculture (USDA) the position of Military Veterans Agricultural Liaison.

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