Policy Plate: Insurance for Corn, Not Kids?
An Environmental Working Group AgMag post calls out the members of Congress who are expected to support unlimited insurance subsidies for corn and cotton farmers during the House Agriculture Committee mark up (that begins tomorrow) but voted against health insurance subsidies for low income Americans in 2009.
Click here to read the full post: Insurance for Corn, Not Kids?
Today, Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) joined his colleagues in standing up for hungry families at a Capitol Hill press conference. Politico reports:
Clyburn stepped into the fledgling farm bill debate Tuesday, warning the House Agriculture Committee that to proceed with planned food stamp cuts is an “abomination” but “I stand ready to do whatever I can to assist in this discussion.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) called the proposed cuts “immoral” adding, “this bill misses an opportunity to reform our crop insurance program, continuing the framework that enables one-third of premium subsidies to go to just over 1.4 percent of our nation’s producers.”
Minnesota Public Radio looks ahead to tomorrow’s farm bill mark up in this radio story, which features Iowa State University Professor Bruce Babcock. "Commodity prices have soared in the last five years and farm groups want to lock in these high prices in case low prices come back," Babcock told MPR. "Then they're guaranteed very large payments."
The New Orleans Times-Picayune has run an in-depth report, originally published in Environmental Health News, on the growing dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico despite three decades of work to clean it up.
The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future has an analysis on conservation compliance and how failing to restore these basic requirements in the 2012 farm bill would “strike a significant blow to public health.”
Dan Looker of Agriculture.com offers up a comparison of the Senate farm bill and the House agriculture committee leaders’ bill with commentary from outside groups, including EWG.
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