Colle Farmers Market Responds to the Effect That the Fiscal Cliff Deal Will Have on Farmers

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Following an article published by Agri-View which discusses what the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 means for farmers, Colle Farmers Market offers a response.

On January 18, Colle Farmers Market responds to an article published by Agri-View concerning the effect that Congress’ fiscal cliff deal will have on farmers.

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 is what helped Congress come to a solution to avoid the impending “fiscal cliff” at the beginning of 2013. A recent article from Agri-View attempted to shed some light on what, exactly, this act will mean for the farmers and the agriculture industry as a whole.

According to the article, farmers will be affected by the nine month extension of the current farm bill. “The farm bill extension means continued direct payments for commodities such as corn and soybeans and funding for other programs including conservation, organic, fruits and vegetables, and beginning farmer – but at lower funded levels,” the article states. While this may cause a lot of controversy, the government has until October 1 to pass a new farm bill, reports the article.

In addition to several other provisions, this legislation will also have a large effect on farms that depend on extra income to survive. The article states that with an increase in the FICA payroll tax as a result of the legislation, farmers could have trouble keeping up with their payments in 2013.

Colle, an online farmers market community, issues a statement about the new legislation. Colle Farmers Market encourages consumes to support organic farming during this time, as it has a tremendously valuable impact on health and the environment. Simple things such as buying local vegetables and attending farmers markets can make a huge difference.

The company adds that despite adversity and struggles, 2012 was a relatively successful year for the farming industry. Colle Farmers Market is confident that the farming industry will be able to overcome any hardships in 2013.

Colle is an E-Commerce enabled farmers market community that is passionate about sustainable consumption and responsible conservation. The Colle movement is dedicated to connecting natural product vendors, organic farmers and all consumers who live an organic and natural lifestyle with the ultimate goal of creating more sustainable farming and consumerism.


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