This week (April 13th – 19th) is National Student Leadership Week. In honor of the celebration several Nebraska communities have kicked off the week with special activities geared toward young leaders.
Last week's Bill Moyers Journal on PBS was a special on food, farming and the farm bill. Moyers covers the issues with his usual moral authority discussing the shortage at food banks across the country coupled with the continuation of unlimited payments to very large farms.
Well, the House has published their farm bill "framework" (pdf) and word from
DC is that it includes a 50% increase in the direct payment limit.
This was included in the House-passed farm bill from last summer (and
we studied it in a previous report), but it was hard to imagine that
such an increase would ever be included in the final farm bill. Let's
back up a minute to examine the sheer brazenness of this.
Well, we've got down to it. The House has finally thrown down on the
Senate and is about to either prompt a new farm bill or a whole lot of
finger-pointing. So now is the last chance- either a new farm bill or
an extension will pass in the coming weeks. It's hard to tell what
will actually happen, but I can tell you this is the last opportunity
for many good things to become a part of the next farm bill.