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Abuse of agricultural trade aid costs U.S. taxpayers

For many years, the Center for Rural Affairs has advocated for support of common-sense and effective policy reform to close loopholes in the farm safety net and curtail further abuse of taxpayer dollars. In preparation for a farm bill, I shed light on tiresome abuse of farm program payments and the implications of poor policies that support this abuse. 

Unfortunately, this isn’t the only example of exploitation of loopholes and abuse of taxpayer dollars by some farming operations. Payments from the Market Facilitation Program, administered by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency, are also being misused.

Top 5 of 2018: Senate farm bill, unpacked

It's official! The first day of 2019 is here. What better way to kick it off than with a look at our most viewed post in 2018, authored by Anna Johnson, our policy manager.

This piece takes a look at... you guessed it... the farm bill. In our top post of 2018, Anna takes a deep dive into the Senate version of the farm bill which passed at the end of June. 

Top 5 of 2018: Chatterbox flies again: from skies in WWII to a soaring business venture

In our second highest viewed post of 2018, we feature a small business in Tekamah, Nebraska. Chatterbox Brews, a bar, restaurant, and event space, successfully worked with our small business loan specialists for financing. The owners have excited the community and, today, more development can be seen along Tekamah's main street. This blog is authored by Liz Daehnke, our communications consultant.

Top 5 of 2018: Your voice is needed to stop harmful farm bill

Today, we share number three in our top five posts countdown, a blog asking for your help. Last spring, the U.S. House of Representatives planned a vote on their version of the farm bill. This particular vote failed, which was a small victory in the year-long farm bill fight. Remember, your voice makes a difference. Thanks to Anna Johnson, our policy manager, for writing this blog post.

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