The hard-working folks over at the Environmental Working Group have been ratcheting up the pressure for farm bill reform, both in the conservation and commodity reform arenas. It's a good idea to visit their blog, Mulch, and check them out kicking ass and taking names. Here's some highlights:
First up, and well worth the read, August 26th, EWG senior analyst had an opinion piece in the Des Moines Register:
Now that we have a pesky presidential election that some in the media feel worth is covering, there have been a flood of stories about the preferences of rural voters.Evidently we are a critical “bloc” in the next election.I suppose I can live with that.
Rural ghettos: After 40 years of population loss, some Kansans are arguing that unlimited farm subsidies are turning American agriculture into an industry, and rural America into a ghetto. (Parsons Sun)