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Pork Crisis Response

It's a Throwback Thursday (#tbt)! This essay is from the Center's archives. It ran in the Center for Rural Affairs newsletter in January 1999, and John is plugging away for an even better rural America.

In recent weeks hog prices have fallen to levels not seen for over 30 years. Taking inflation into account, the value of hogs has not been lower since the Great Depression. Left unchecked, the current crisis in the hog markets will undoubtedly destroy much of what remains of family farm hog production and bring untold devastation to rural America.

Federal Budget a Mixed Bag for Rural Priorities

The discussion on federal spending begins each year with release of the president’s budget. This year, there is both good and bad news for small towns and rural communities.

Let’s start with the bad news, because it’s on the important topic of conservation. The president proposes to cut conservation program spending by $859 million. Over half of that would come from cutting three million acres, or $486 million, from the Conservation Stewardship Program.

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