At some point Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) might just want to stop talking about the farm bill and his support for ending the direct payment program (which doesn’t actually end for cotton farmers like him) and how much he supports “reform.”
It’s time to face facts: the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) created by Congress in 2005 and expanded in 2007 is producing too many “bad biofuels” that increase greenhouse gas emissions, drive up food and gasoline prices and pollute our air and water – and not nearly enough “good biofuels.”
Farm income has never been higher. The federal deficit has never been deeper. So why are House Republicans celebrating passage of a “farm-only” farm bill that includes the most generous farm subsidies in history?
The Alliance for Food and Farming, which is run out of a P.O. box in Watsonville, Calif., claims to extol the health benefits of consuming both conventional and organic produce and maintains that its members include both conventional and organic farmers.
During a hearing of the House Committee on Natural Resources this week, Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) once again declared that “direct payments” would end under the farm bill being considered by the House.
The House of Representatives faced a clear choice on Thursday afternoon when it came time to vote on the farm bill – formally known as the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013. It’s kind of ironic that “reform” is in the title, since a lack of true reform helped doom the bill.
How many members of Congress receive farm subsidies? If the House adopts an amendment to the farm bill requiring disclosure of subsidy recipients, including those who get crop insurance subsidies, we’ll finally get to know.
On the eve of floor action in the House on the farm bill, a bipartisan gathering of Congressional staff ventured outside the Beltway the other day to visit Terry Ingram’s 220-cow organic dairy farm in Virginia’s Culpepper County.