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Thursday, July 11, 2013

House Republicans voted today for a ‘farm only’ farm bill that expands crop insurance subsidies for the most successful farm businesses and fails to renew programs that help feed the nation’s hungriest children.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

EWG’s Scott Faber wrote a blog for The Hill that outlines what a better, and passable, farm bill looks like. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Politico writes on the still uphill battle the House faces in trying to pass a farm bill.  

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Monday, July 8, 2013

The Des Moines Register released an editorial over the weekend that sheds light on the seemingly exorbitant cost of water treatment in the state of Iowa due to contamination from agriculture runoff. 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Food Safety News reports on the momentum building for labeling of genetically engineered foods. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Subsidy reform could provide the path to passage of the farm bill.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The National Review released a comparison today of actual versus CBO scored costs for the last three farm bills (2002, 2008, 2013). 

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Washington Post explains why the failure of the House farm bill is not a piece of legislation with many mourners. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

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.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

No one should be surprised that the full House of Representatives thoroughly rejected the bloated and divisive farm bill (H.R. 1947) produced by the Agriculture Committee.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Two amendments to the House Farm Bill would tell us who receives crop insurance subsidies, including members of Congress and senior Administration officials.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

There’s only one name that suits the farm bill that will be debated on the floor of the House today: Fincher’s Farm Bill.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A diverse group of advocates from across the political spectrum are blasting the House farm bill for its lack of reforms. 

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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.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Robert Samuelson of the Washington Post, using information from EWG’s farm subsidy database, brought more attention to the broken farm subsidy policies and the bait and switch proposed by the House Agriculture Committee. 

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The farm bill Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) voted to support as a member of the House Agriculture Committee does indeed end direct payments – except for cotton farmers like… Fincher. 

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The budget-busting farm bill headed to the House floor next week is bad news for taxpayers. Here’s why this bill, officially H.R. 1947, shouldn’t pass. 

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.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

The New York Times explains how irrigation infrastructure upgrades designed to save water may speed up, not reduce, the depletion of water supplies. 

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Senate missed an opportunity today to make real reforms to the federal crop insurance program when it voted to end debate on the farm bill and move the legislation to final passage next week, the Environmental Working Group said in a statement.

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