Farm Policy News

Pssst, The Secret is Out: Crop Insurance Is about to be Graded. Reform School Needed.

During the debate over the 2014 Farm Bill, members of Congress bragged about how much money so-called reforms of federal farm subsidies would save by doing away with direct payment to farmers and having federally subsidized crop insurance take over the role of providing a safety net for America’s farmers.

Revised Clean Water Rule Is Refined and Improved

On May 27, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized the Clean Water Rule to protect the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources from pollution and degradation.
 
Water is life… for people, crops, livestock, and wildlife as well as farms, ranches, business and industry. The proposed Clean Water Rule is a crucial step in clearing the regulatory waters and protecting the quality of America’s surface waters, our most vital natural resource.
 

Unfair Treatment of Contract Chicken Farmers Ruffles John Oliver's Feathers

John Oliver reports what we already knew: Americans love the taste of chicken. The current deman requires 169 million chicks a week, which Oliver calls, "Warren Beatty numbers." Four big poultry companies use a system of contract farmers to meet this demand.  In spite of this HUGE demand, Oliver reports, a shockingly large number of these contract chicken farmers live at or below the poverty line.

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.

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