The Senate agriculture committee voted on Tuesday to require all farmers to provide a “farmers’ income” to qualify them for a farmer-to-farmer program.
The bill, which will now go to the full Senate for a vote, would require farmers and processors to report to the USDA how much their wages and compensation are contributing to the agricultural production.
The program would be funded by an agricultural tax credit and would allow people to get loans to purchase equipment and grow crops.
In addition to the “farmworkers income,” the bill would also require the USDA to create a separate “farmworker income index” for the state.
The farmworker income is calculated based on the average income of workers in the agricultural industry.
Currently, it’s calculated based solely on how much they earn.
Under the new bill, farmers would be required to report the actual income that they contribute to the farm, and processors would be also required to provide that information.
“This legislation would establish a national benchmark for how much a farm worker would earn for a year and provide for a program to help workers receive financial assistance to purchase agricultural equipment,” Sen. David Vitter, R-La., the bill’s sponsor, said in a statement.
“These programs will make a significant difference to the livelihoods of American workers.”
Farmers would also be required under the bill to report their total income and the total amount of farm-related business expenses, such as land, equipment, supplies, labor, and payroll, as well as expenses related to hiring a third party to farm the crops.
Under current law, processors and farmers would have to file income and payroll tax returns with the IRS, but the new law would allow processors to file with the USDA if they do not have enough income to report.
This would be a huge incentive for processors to hire a third-party to farm crops, since the bill says they would not be required for the same reason as the USDA.
The proposed law would also allow for a three-year extension of the program, to allow for the implementation of the first phase of the bill, including a mandatory certification process for processors, which is required by law.
The bill is the latest in a long list of proposals that have been brought up to the Senate Agriculture committee.
Last month, the committee approved a bill that would require processors to pay a $1,500 fine to anyone who buys an agricultural product that is made without a license or permits from the USDA, unless they are able to prove that the farmer used the USDA-approved method of production.
This is a measure that has been pushed by many groups, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, the American Bovine Cancer Society, the National Farmers Union, and the Center for Food Safety, as it’s meant to encourage more farmers to use the USDA’s “Made With” certification program, which has been criticized for allowing many farms to illegally use a number of agricultural chemicals and pesticides.
This bill also would allow the USDA inspector general to inspect all farms that are certified as farmers’ income programs.
Also on Tuesday, the Senate agriculture panel voted to pass a bill to allow the establishment of an “Agricultural Data Management System” to track the total number of farmers who were employed by processors in each state.
According to the bill (SB 3125), the goal of the system would be to collect information on the number of farms that were certified as agricultural income programs, the number that were paid wages, and any other information needed by the government to ensure the accuracy of the data.
The Agriculture Department has been lobbying against the measure, arguing that the data would be used by the federal government to target farmers.
The Agriculture Department also has lobbied hard against the creation of a “Crop Credit Program,” which would allow for farmers to receive loans to buy equipment and plant crops.
Farmers could also still apply for the program without having to provide any additional information.
This bill will make it easier for the Department of Agriculture to identify and penalize those who use their own or others’ agricultural income to exploit others.
This bill is just one piece of the overall farmworker bill.
The USDA is currently working on a farmworkers tax credit for state and local government workers, which would be available to eligible farmworkers.