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What to Expect when Expecting a Farm Bill

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

No one expected the House Agriculture Committee to produce a farm bill that protects taxpayers, supports family farmers, rewards stewards of the land and feeds the hungry.

And, boy, the committee, which is dominated by representatives of subsidized agriculture and people who never wondered where their next meal is coming from, more than exceeded expectations.

By increasing unlimited crop insurance subsidies and setting target prices so high they are all but certain to be triggered, the committee’s version bill is a fiscal time bomb waiting to explode. Because subsidies remain unlimited, the largest 1 percent of crop insurance subsidy recipients will continue to collect, on average, about $220,000 apiece in premium support, while the bottom 80  percent will get about $5,000.

Read more at Ag Mag.

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Watch EWG’s Mary Ellen Kustin on Huff Post Live talk about the environmental and health impacts of factory farming.

EWG’s Kari Hamerschlag talks about how a better farm bill could improve Americans’ diets on KALW.

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@politico Nancy Pelosi says House Dems won’t support farm bill http://politi.co/10tWOQC

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