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  • Should Government Restrict the Candy Supply?

    What happens if there are too many Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in the marketplace? What if there’s an influx of imported jelly beans? This simply can’t be allowed. The federal government must restrict supply to ensure that all children can enjoy the right amount of candy this Halloween at the … More

    Obama Agriculture Cuts Nearly Three Times More Than House and Senate Bills

    The “farm bill” affects all Americans, not just farmers. After all, everyone eats and wants affordable food to feed their families. Yet as is typical, the House and Senate generally ignore the needs of consumers who buy food and the taxpayers who pay the subsidies that are transferred to wealthy … More

    Farm Bills Would Cost More Than Obama Stimulus

    The House and Senate are considering farm bill legislation this week whose costs should raise red flags for all Americans. In fact, the House and Senate versions of the bill would cost far more than the Obama stimulus package. The costs are just one example of how the farm bill … More

    Americans Overwhelmingly Support Separating Food Stamps from Farm Programs

    As Heritage has frequently written, food stamps must be separated from agriculture policy to achieve real farm bill reform. These programs should be analyzed and debated on their own merits. A recent survey shows that Americans agree. In the recent monthly Food Demand Survey, conducted by Oklahoma State University, the … More

    Farm Bill: A Response to President Obama

    In his recent remarks, President Obama made a push to get a new farm bill enacted by the end of the year. Sound agriculture and food stamp policy should be the goal, not getting a farm bill done at all costs based on an artificial timeline. The House and Senate … More

    House OKs Farm Bill That Staggers Food Stamps, Agriculture Programs

    While the House of Representatives voted today to rejoin its food stamp bill with its agriculture-only farm bill, it took a critical step to ensure that separation of the farm bill becomes the norm in the future: It established staggered terms for these programs. Food stamps would be authorized for … More

    Taking Milk from Babies: The Shocking New Farm Bill Strategy

    Some congressional leaders have a shocking new strategy to force through a farm bill at any cost. They are threatening to allow the price of milk to double as a way to compel both the House and Senate to pass any bill. This new strategy is reportedly the brainchild of … More

    Morning Bell: The Only Way to Reform the Farm Bill

    Lawmakers return to Washington today with only nine legislative days in the House before some farm bill programs expire at the end of the month. With the debt ceiling looming and Congress considering military action in Syria, it’s nearly impossible to develop real reforms. The best option before Congress is … More

    NYC Soda Ban Shot Down Again: Bad Day for the Food Police

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other self-appointed nutrition czars are probably very upset. The New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department, unanimously upheld a lower court’s decision that the New York City soda ban is unconstitutional. The Ban In the words of the court, “The Sugary Drinks … More

    Animated Squirrels, Prunes, and Doggie Hair Gel: Your Tax Dollars at Work

    The federal government has spent more than $3 billion over the past 35 years to help multinational agriculture businesses with their overseas marketing. Taxpayers pay about $200 million per year to fund these business activities, which companies could do on their own. Apparently, at least to most House Members, the … More