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Speaker Boehner Right to Reject Extravagant Farm Bill

Friday, December 21, 2012

House Speaker John Boehner made the right choice when he refused to include a trillion-dollar farm bill in legislation designed to avert the “fiscal cliff.”

Politico’s David Rogers quotes an aide to Boehner as saying:

We can’t drop a farm bill in the middle of whatever is negotiated. A 1,000-page bill on top of whatever is negotiated will just make our vote situation harder.

As we have seen, Speaker Boehner (R-Ohio) will have a hard enough time rallying Republicans to support deficit reduction legislation that includes new tax revenue and reforms entitlement programs even without including a farm bill that actually creates new entitlement programs for the largest and most successful farm businesses.

Read more at Ag Mag.

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A Des Moines Register editorial cites Murky Waters, EWG’s latest report on Iowa water quality, and argues for stronger standards to improve the state’s rivers and streams. KMA radio also covers Murky Waters in a recent report.

GOOD magazine has a piece on how consumers can guard themselves against misleading food labels.

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