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    The War on Cows: From Methane to Meat Taxes

    Last month, the President released a climate action plan designed to cut methane emissions. If you are a cow, be afraid. Be very afraid. The same goes for humans. The plan outlines voluntary measures, such as a “Biogas Roadmap,” to reduce dairy sector greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by … More

    GMOs and Golden Rice: Hope for the Hungry and Malnourished

    Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have tremendous potential to help the hungry and malnourished. In 1999, two scientists created “golden rice,” rice genetically infused with beta-carotene genes that are vital for the human body in producing vitamin A. Vitamin A deficiency plagues millions of children and pregnant woman in parts of … More

    Agriculture Isn't About to Leave U.S. Over Lack of Immigration Reform

    The Obama Administration is getting desperate as it clamors for reasons to push comprehensive immigration reform. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack claims that without immigration reform, farms won’t be as productive as they could be, and they are thinking about moving operations outside the country, according to … More

    USDA’s New Climate Hubs Repackage Old Micromanagement

    Everything old is new again when it comes to federal agriculture policy. The federal condescension that has become characteristic of many a farm bill’s agriculture programs has found new expression in the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan outreach to farmers. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the … More

    Disturbing Reports Show Problems of Farm Bill “Logrolling”

    As the farm bill debate presses on, recent reports clearly show why separating farm programs from food stamps is so important. After the House took the step of separating food stamps and farm programs into two bills, it put them back into one bill for negotiations with the Senate. The … More

    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 Giveaways for Underwear, Flatulence, and Manure

    The House and Senate are struggling to negotiate terms of a new $1 trillion “farm” bill that would subsidize an array of commodities as well as regulate food stamps. Many of the agriculture giveaways are well known, including crop insurance, price supports, and conservation payments. But there are also some … 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