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A Little of This, A Little of That

After our recent rant on the interstate shipment of state-inspected meat, we find yet another reason to embrace state inspections. State inspectors- not the USDA- discovered the tainted meat behind the two latest meat recalls. How about that. Some nice reporting by Chris Clayton over at the DTN Ag Policy Blog.

Fruit Loops

Last week saw the publication of a couple of choice items in the press that we are just now getting around to.

First up, a good article in the New York Times surveys the political clout of the specialty crop lobby during the 2007 Farm Bill- and finds it wanting:

Size Matters

Yesterday a bit of a blog brouhaha erupted over at Ethicurean regarding a certain provision in the 2007 House Farm Bill. Today, a really excellent post from Elanor at Ethicurean went more in-depth and explained the issue in question far better than I can, so if you want the respectable, reasonable, and all-around proper blog post, go there. When aggravated, I am not reas

Disastrous?

Now that the Finance Committee has officially come up with the cash for the farm bill (which we’ll analyze later), it appears that the number one priority of Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus will be included in the Senate version of the 2007 Farm Bill.  That priority, of course, is a permanent disaster program, and it takes about half of the $11 billion or so that the Finance Committee came up with for new farm bill funding.  Other Senators strongly supportive of the concept include Conrad (D-ND), Nelson (D-NE), Thune (R-SD), Dorgan (D-ND), C

The Future of Our Communities is in Our Hands

Entrepreneurship and microenterprise are crucial to the future of rural communities throughout America, and especially here in Nebraska. That is why we put so much effort into growing and expanding Marketplace, the entrepreneurial development fair that we hosted in early 2007 and are hosting again this winter.

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