Oversubsidizing and Underinvesting

We harp a great deal on the importance of rural development programs within the farm bill, and one of our constant refrains is “enact strong, effective payment limitations and put the savings into rural development programs that create genuine opportunity for all of rural America.” You might call it a talking point.

Yonder Yo

There's a new paper in town - all of your towns. It's called the Daily Yonder, and it aims to be a paper for the 55 million of us that live in the rural U.S. The site is characterized by rural news, commentary, original research, and a spattering of appearance by other rural bloggers.

Turn on and Tune In, but Don't be a Dropout

It’s about that time, and the political junkies here in the home office are salivating at the prospect of full House Agriculture Committee consideration of the 2007 farm bill. Up until this point, the entire farm bill process has been a little dull, fairly predictable, and generally a snoozefest for those not obsessed with farm programs. But now we get to watch (and hopefully influence) members of the ag committee as they actually try to hammer out the real deal and send a farm bill to the floor.

Congress Should Cap Farm Subsidies

The closer Congress gets to the final farm bill debate, the more one hears members of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees insisting that no money be removed from farm commodity programs to support other programs, like rural economic development.

Center Newsletter: House Ag Committee Farm Bill Critique

This month's Center for Rural Affairs Newsletter is now online.

The newsletter features a commentary by Center Director Chuck Hassebrook on the House Ag Committee's current draft of the Farm Bill. Of payment limits reform in the draft bill, he writes:

[E]ven Peterson’s illusion of reform was scuttled in subcommittee for an extension of the 2002 farm bill.


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