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It is not a “reform” bill

It is not a “reform” bill

Friday, April 27, 2012

Senate Agriculture Committee leaders are calling the 2012 farm bill proposal the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012.

A farm bill that cuts programs for the hungry and the environment to help finance a new entitlement program and unlimited insurance subsidies for the largest and most profitable farm operations doesn’t deserve to be called any kind of “reform.”

A real reform bill would have ended direct payments, rejected new farm entitlements and made important reforms to crop insurance subsidies that are slated to cost $90 billion over the next 10 years.

Lawmakers will have a chance to make it a true safety net when it goes to the Senate floor, which according to Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, could be in a few weeks.

Table Scraps:

DTN’s Chris Clayton has more from Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), chair of the House Committee on Agriculture, about the commodity title of the Senate farm bill draft.

Politico’s David Rogers reports on the regional battle line that’s being drawn between Southern growers and Midwest farmers in the 2012 farm bill debate.

Fox 13 News in Tampa has a broadcast piece on the broken farm system, calling attention to the dead farmers and city slickers who have benefited from federal subsidy programs.

Tweet of the Day: Marion Nestle ?@marionnestle GAO weighs in on farm bill issues. A good intro to the whole thing.


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