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Congress Approves Farm Bill Without Controversial National Forest Loopholes

Congress Approves Farm Bill Without Controversial National Forest Loopholes

Washington, D.C. – After months of contention over conservation, food assistance, and forestry provisions, Congress yesterday passed a final version of the Farm Bill. Several loopholes that appeared in early versions of the bill would have facilitated massive commercial logging across national forests with minimal environmental review and public input. Typically reauthorized every four to five […]

House Passes Farm Bill that Guts Forest Protections

House Passes Farm Bill that Guts Forest Protections

Washington, D.C. – Tucked away in the 2018 Farm Bill (H.R. 2) that passed the House late last week are multiple provisions that would fast-track logging, oil drilling, and other development projects up to ten square miles in size in the Los Padres National Forest and other forests throughout the country. Though the 748-page Farm […]

Let’s Call the Farm Bill What it is – Corporate Welfare

Let’s Call the Farm Bill What it is – Corporate Welfare

  by Thomas L. Knapp Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation,  doesn’t want the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 — the “Farm Bill” — used as a political bargaining chip. “Our nation’s farmers and ranchers are not pawns in a political game,” he writes. “They are the lifeblood of our nation.” Duvall’s […]

Purpose versus Excuse: Why Congress Might Buy Trump’s Food Stamp Reform Plan

Purpose versus Excuse: Why Congress Might Buy Trump’s Food Stamp Reform Plan

  by Thomas L. Knapp Politico reports that the Trump administration wants to partially replace “food stamps” with “a box of government-picked, nonperishable foods every month.” Under the plan, recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, which these days are delivered as debit card balances rather than as physical coupons — “stamps” — would […]

Feds Will Dole Out An Extra $1.6 BILLION To Farmers In 2015

Feds Will Dole Out An Extra $1.6 BILLION To Farmers In 2015

By Rachel Stoltzfoos Farmers will rely more heavily on federal aid in 2015, check despite having “strong, health better-than-average” incomes, the United States Department of Agriculture forecast Tuesday. Republished with permission–The Daily Caller Foundation: http://dailycallernewsfoundation.org/ The government will dole out $12.4 billion in federal aid to farmers this year, up from $10.8 billion in 2014 […]

What Congress Did While You Were Talking About the State of the Union

What Congress Did While You Were Talking About the State of the Union

By Amy Payne January 30, 2014 at 6:30 am Cartoon by Glenn Foden Congress is very fond of two things: throwing a bunch of stuff into one bill and rushing bills through while Americans are focused on other news. While people were talking about the State of the Union, they’ve done it again with the […]