Massive farm subsidy payments slow rural development in states

When you submit an opinion editorial for publication, you never get to choose the headline. Though I certainly can't complain about the headline that the Omaha World Herald chose to run above a piece written by Jon Bailey, Director of the Rural Research and Analysis Program here at the Center for Rural Affairs.

"Massive farm subsidy payments slow rural development in states" just about says it all. Nevertheless, anyone who didn't read further missed the best parts.

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EWG On a Tear

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:

Tightening the Noose

The Center for Rural Affairs recently released an analysis of the farm program payment limitation provisions in the farm bill passed by the House of Representatives in July.


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