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Recent posts by Brian Depew

Act Now: A Critical Moment for the Farm Bill

We've written about it constantly since it happened. But let me put it plainly: last Wednesday the House Agriculture Committee struck a major blow to family farms by voting to increase subsidies to mega-farms.

When that happened, we asked you to write to Speaker Pelosi and tell her America expects real Farm Bill reform. Thanks to your efforts, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will be allowed to bring an amendment to the House floor during debate on the Farm Bill this Thursday.

Slow This Train Down!

Yesterday, during the third and final day of House Agriculture Committee debate on the 2007 Farm Bill, Committee Chairman Collin Peterson announced that the bill may come before the full House earlier than anticipated - as soon as next week.

It's no wonder Chairman Peterson wants to move the bill to the House floor as quickly as possible. He's gotten nearly everything he wanted in the bill, and is eager to push it through the floor as quickly as possible.

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.

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.