Farm and Food News

Mid-Sized Farm Research Gets a Boost

The committee tasked with agriculture spending in the U.S. House doubled annual funding for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) competitive grants program from $15 to $30 million for 2011. The Senate committee offered a smaller boost from $15 to $23 million.

What's All the Yellin' About?

I hate to say I told you so, but I did. In June, USDA published a new draft rule regarding how meatpackers must deal with farmers and ranchers in the procurement of livestock and poultry. But the packers don't like it and are pitching a fit, just as I said they would.

Making a Living, Making a Life

By Aubrey Streit Krug

As I intern at the Center for Rural Affairs, I’m learning about how the agricultural economy we have now is not inevitable. It can be changed.

Our ag economy is human-made. It’s been shaped by incentivizing and spurred by subsidies. It’s a sticky global system that often entangles the small and leaves loopholes for the large. It’s a way only a few people can make a living. For people in rural places--and for me, as a person with roots and family in a rural place--it’s at the root of dramatic conflicts.

Take these two scenarios:


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