Text: H.R.1610 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (04/17/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1610


To amend the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 to authorize producers on a farm to produce fruits and vegetables for processing on the base acres of the farm.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 17, 2013

Mr. Ribble (for himself, Mr. Walz, Mr. Gibbs, Mr. Rokita, Mr. Petri, and Mr. Duffy) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture


A BILL

To amend the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 to authorize producers on a farm to produce fruits and vegetables for processing on the base acres of the farm.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Farming Flexibility Act of 2013”.

SEC. 2. Production of fruits and vegetables for processing on covered commodity base acres.

(a) Mung beans and pulse crops.—Section 1107(b)(3)(B) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 8717(b)(3)(B)) is amended by striking “(other than mung beans and pulse crops)”.

(b) Authority for production of fruits and vegetables for processing.—Section 1107(d) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 8717(d)) is amended to read as follows:

“(d) Authority for production of fruits and vegetables for processing.—

“(1) PLANTING AUTHORIZED.—Beginning with the 2014 crop year, notwithstanding paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (b) and in addition to the exceptions provided in subsection (c), producers on a farm may reduce the base acres for any covered commodity for the farm for a crop year by one acre for each acre used for the planting and production of fruits or vegetables (other than potatoes) for processing.

“(2) CONTRACT AND MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS.—Producers on a farm shall—

“(A) demonstrate to the Secretary that the producers on the farm have entered into a contract to produce fruits and vegetables (other than potatoes) for processing;

“(B) agree to produce fruits and vegetables (other than potatoes) as part of a program of crop rotation on the farm to achieve agronomic and pest and disease management benefits; and

“(C) provide evidence of the disposition of the fruits or vegetables (other than potatoes).

“(3) REVERSION TO COVERED COMMODITY BASE ACRES.—Each acre of a farm devoted to the planting and production of fruits or vegetables under paragraph (1) shall be included in the base acres for the covered commodity for the subsequent crop year, unless the producers on the farm make the election described in paragraph (1) for the subsequent crop year.

“(4) RECALCULATION OF BASE ACRES.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—Subject to subparagraph (B), if the Secretary recalculates the base acres for a farm, the planting of fruits and vegetables under paragraph (1) shall be considered to be the same as the planting, prevented planting, or production of a covered commodity.

“(B) PROHIBITION.—Nothing in this paragraph provides authority for the Secretary to recalculate base acres for a farm.”.