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17 Ways Congress Can Improve the Farm Bill

Friday, November 16, 2012

The farm bill affects every single taxpayer and everyone who eats. Therefore, every member of Congress has an interest in it, and each should have his or her opportunity to improve it. There are lots of ways to improve the versions that are currently on the table, particularly the House bill, which has never been considered on the floor.

EWG’s legislative analyst David DeGennaro has put together a list of priority amendments that should be debated before the House passes any version of the farm bill. Click here to read the full list.

The waning days of Congress are not the time to ram a farm bill through. Lawmakers must first pass a responsible extension of current law that supports stewards and not insurance subsidies.

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Today, the Environmental Protection Agency decided it would refuse to waive the federal ethanol fuel mandate in response to the worst drought in 50 years. This is a blow to livestock producers, dairy farmers and consumers alike. Click here to read a joint statement from leading environmental and anti-hunger organizations.

Table Scraps:

Roll Call has more on legislative efforts to restrict the use of antibiotics in animal feed.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the surge of farmland prices, while American Enterprise Institute issues a new report on the “farmland bubble.”

Articles by Phillip Martin and Kandace Eloisa Vallejo consider the impacts of immigration reform on food and farm workers.

Food Safety News reports food recalls reached their highest level in two years.

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