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The Worst Farm Bill Ever

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

EWG’s Scott Faber wrote a piece for Politico in which he outlines why the House passed “farm-only” farm bill, is the worst farm bill.  Ever.

Faber writes:

The “farm-only” bill passed on a party-line vote last week was the most fiscally irresponsible farm bill ever.

It increases unlimited crop insurance subsidies and provides budget-busting price guarantees for major crops like cotton and rice. Much of the (meager) savings predicted by the Congressional Budget Office come from gutting conservation programs, not reining in subsidies…

There’s never been a better time to reform farm subsidies. Every measure of farm wealth is off the charts. But, real reform will only come if Republicans act – and vote – like real conservatives.

See the full story here.

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The Ag Professional on the abuse soil in the Midwest has taken this spring due to heavy rains, and how better conservation measures would help protect this land.

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