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  • Bottom Feeder Lurking in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill

    If you’re looking for the word catfish in the omnibus appropriations bill, you’ll just look past the language that was included in the legislation: Provided further, That the Food Safety and Inspection Service shall continue implementation of section 11016 of Public Law 110–246. In the Joint Explanatory Statement regarding the … More

    Three “Under the Radar” Issues in the Farm Bill Debate

    There are numerous issues in the current farm bill debate that may not receive the biggest headlines but are extremely important. Here are just three of those issues. 1. Catfish Inspection Program This program is a poster child for government waste and the type of special interest provisions that dominate … More

    8 Things to Watch for in the Farm Bill

    The House and Senate are working out differences between their farm bills. The following is a list of major questions to consider if the negotiators do come up with a farm bill (explained in this new report here): Will Congress continue to play politics with the farm bill by combining … More

    Farm Bill: Money for Nothin'… I Want My Subsidy

    The four principal farm bill negotiators have tentatively agreed on a framework for a new farm bill. A central aspect of this framework would be hilarious if it weren’t so sad. The House and Senate farm bills both eliminate a program called direct payments because it pays farmers who don’t … More

    Parenting 101: Doling Out Farm Bill Subsidies to the “Kids”?

    The House and Senate farm bills would repeal the costly and indefensible direct payment program, which sends taxpayer dollars to people who don’t even plant a seed. But instead of just getting rid of direct payments, Congress has felt the need to add new programs that could be even costlier. … More

    Farm Bill Extension Would Be Better Than $1 Trillion Food Stamp/Subsidy Disaster

    Congress doesn’t have much time to work out a food stamp/farm bill this year. If no farm bill is passed, this wouldn’t be the end of the world. Just like it did last year, Congress can pass an extension. The House and Senate are trying to work out differences between … More

    Farm Bill: Taxpayers and Consumers Are Getting Catfished

    As lawmakers look for ways to cut spending from the farm bill, they should go hunting for catfish—the new, not-so-pretty face of government waste. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates seafood. However, there will now be a special exception just for catfish, which will soon be inspected by the … More

    A Case for Separating the Farm Bill: Passing Trillion-Dollar Bills Should Be a Fuss

    As of last week, President Obama’s number one economic priority is a new farm bill. He recently stated: Number one, Congress needs to pass a farm bill that helps rural communities grow and protects vulnerable Americans. For decades, Congress found a way to compromise and pass farm bills without fuss. … More

    FDA’s Proposed Trans Fat Ban: An Attack on Freedom

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking the first step to ban trans fat. It has made a preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), which are the major dietary source of trans fat in processed food, are not “generally recognized as safe.” The agency is seeking public comments … More

    House Farm Bill Conferees Will Allegedly Agree to Controversial Property Provision

    According to a recent Politico article (subscription required), Representative Collin Peterson (D–MN), ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, claimed that the House farm bill conferees are expected to give in to the Senate on a controversial provision involving how farmers use their land: Peterson said there’s already some agreement … More