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Recent posts by Cora Fox

Congressional appropriators invest in rural business

Across rural America, small businesses are the heart of main street. From local coffee shops to the hardware store, these businesses employ local residents, provide important services to the community, and serve as anchors for their local economies. With the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 passed on Feb. 15, Congress has made an investment in rural small entrepreneurs nationwide.

Corporate farming notes: farmers deserve fairness in the livestock industry

You may have heard that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) now functions under the purview of the Agricultural Marketing Service, but that’s not all. According to USDA, the rulemaking process for Farmer Fair Practices Rules will re-open in spring 2019. 

Originally introduced by USDA’s GIPSA, the Farmer Fair Practices Rules would have afforded contract producers in the poultry and livestock industries with basic fairness protections. 

In brief, the rules would have: 

Abuse of agricultural trade aid costs U.S. taxpayers

In 2018, President Trump pledged $12 billion to provide direct aid to corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean and wheat producers. Through the Market Facilitation Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has administered this aid to provide short-term relief to producers who are feeling the effects of ongoing trade disputes with foreign governments.

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.

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