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Consumers and Family Farmers Deserve a Better and More Transparent Farm Bill

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 considered today by the U.S. Senate includes some important and historic reforms that will improve federal food and farm policy, but it lacks other common-sense measures that would have better protected taxpayers, improved transparency in the crop insurance program and created a level playing field for family farmers, the Environmental Working Group said in a statement.

Read the full statement here.

American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and Environmental Working Group (EWG) will hold a Capitol Hill briefing for accredited journalists and congressional staff on June 12 (Wednesday) to discuss the crop insurance and shallow-loss programs in the 2013 farm bill.

Time/Location: 12:00 p.m. ET Rayburn House Office Building Room 2253

Table Scraps:

The Washington Post has more details on the Senate Farm Bill.

McClatchy’s Michael Doyle reports on California’s legislative wins and losses in Senate farm bill.

The Christian Science Monitor has more on why crop insurance is a taxpayer giveaway to the largest and most profitable farm businesses.

Iowa Farmer Today’s piece on the golf courses and cemeteries being plowed under is a good illustration of why conservation compliance is needed now more than ever.

Tweet of the Day:

@worthprotecting  Harmful farm policies have made drought conditions worse. Tell Washington our water is worth protecting http://bit.ly/woprwat  #farmbill #ag

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