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Moving on Up- To the Senate Side

And after a brief break, we move onto the Senate side of the farm bill. There is a general consensus that achieving serious reform of the farm bill will be much easier in the Senate than the House. Being general skeptics, we have our doubts, especially when it comes to the always-important issue of payment limits. While Senate Ag Committee chair Tom Harkin (D-IA) has been consistently in favor of substantially revamping farm programs and strengthening many different titles of the farm bill- usually those favored by “reformers”- t

Speak Up; One Voice Can Make a Difference

The 2007 farm bill, the flagship of rural public policy for the next five years, is in the final turn. The farm bill passed by the House of Representatives on July 24th will weaken family farms, worsen farm consolidation and accelerate rural population loss.

Just One More...

We’re going to stop complaining about the House farm bill. We have to move on with our lives. We can’t hold onto this anger forever. We have to look to the future, right? And no matter how attached we are, we said we would, so we should.

But it provides such great blogging material, so please permit us one last rant.

A New Voice

Another Center for Rural Affairs staffer has jumped into the blogging world. Kathie Starkweather, another organizer here, and my boss, which means this is just the best blog post ever. Really. 

Attend a Meeting with Your Elected Officials!

Congress is in recess for the month of August, and most representatives will be holding listening sessions with constituents. The single most effective thing you can do to make a difference on the farm bill is to attend and tell your elected representatives in person exactly how you feel.

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