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Digest: Dairy lobby saddles up, genetic monocultures, light pheasantries

Our weekly contribution to the Digest over at Ethicurean.

Milking the Farm Bill: One intriguing aspect of the 2007 Farm Bill is the lack of controversy over the dairy program, a source of much tension in previous farm bills. But some Vermont dairy farmers are pushing for a new price stabilization fee, which will cause a stir if it gains traction. (Associated Press)

Microenterprise: The Key to Rural Survival

It’s the beginning of a new school year. In a few months the graduating high school class of 2008 will be spreading their wings taking that flight of independence. Many will venture out for higher education institutions, but will they ever migrate back home?

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.

Blog for Rural America by Email

Now there are three great ways to read the Blog for Rural America. You can read the blog right here on the good-old webpage, you can read it by RSS feed if you use a feed reader. And starting today, you can now sign up to receive a daily digest of posts from the Blog for Rural America. Enter you email below to get yours today.

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:

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