The farm bill is entering a critical phase, with heightened risk of falling prey to the five fundamental fallacies of farm and rural policy. To pass legislation that renews hope and opportunity in rural America, we must confront those fallacies.
Fallacy #1: The best farm bill provides the most money for farm programs, irrespective of other priorities.
Family farmers would be better off with modest, well targeted payments than with bigger payments and no limits. We need farm programs, but we also need to invest in the future of our communities through small business development, beginning farmer programs, and value added agriculture initiatives.