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Celebrate National Student Leadership Week

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.

Politics is Not Policy

Chris Clayton has an entertaining blog post up regarding the inevitable "anonymous" sources looking to talk trash about the ongoing farm bill discussions:

political people are now out looking for hacks to cast stones at others in the process.

Bill Moyers on the Farm Bill

Moyers Video 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.

A Slap In the Face

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.

It's That Time Again

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.

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