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    Speaker Boehner: What’s “Free Market” About the Farm Bill?

    The latest House action on the $1 trillion farm bill comes straight from the playbook “Do as I Say, Not as I Do.” House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) says: “I am a proud advocate for free markets and fair trade.” Representative Frank Lucas (R–OK), chairman of the House Committee on … More

    A Farmer's Case Against the Farm Bill

    Farming can be a risky business, but Britt Dudek thrives off the uncertainty. It’s a part of farming he defines as freedom—a freedom he refuses to let government take away. “Farming gives you the freedom to succeed and the freedom to fail,” said Dudek, who took over his family’s farm … More

    Should Food Stamps Be in Farm Bill? Congressman Seeks to Split Legislation

    Representative Marlin Stutzman (R-IN), a fourth-generation farmer, is asking his House colleagues to separate the food stamp program from the “farm” bill. Stutzman said he filed an amendment that would allow the House to vote on a farm-only farm bill. Lawmakers begin debate on the bill Tuesday. Stutzman outlined similar … More

    Morning Bell: Who Really Gets Farm Bill Money (in 5 Pictures)

    Whenever Congress throws too much into one bill, special interests profit. The massive farm bill—which is already 80 percent food stamps—is no exception. So what about the rest of the bill—the farm-related part? Heritage’s Diane Katz reports that it includes subsidies for more than a few surprising recipients. SHARE our … More

    Morning Bell: A Bumper Crop of Food Stamps

    Tweet this Where do food stamps come from? They come from taxpayers—certainly not from family farms. Yet the “farm” bill, a recurring subsidy-fest in Congress, is actually 80 percent food stamps and other government nutrition programs. The food stamps sweeten the farm deal for lawmakers, who admit that the combination … More

    U.S. Farmers Seeing Record Profits, Thanks to Taxpayers and Government

    The Financial Times reports that “U.S. farmers are heading for their most profitable year on record despite the worst drought in half a century as high grain prices and payouts from a federal crop insurance program compensate for a smaller harvest.” Higher profits are great—when they come from real market … More

    Rescue Taxpayers from Flawed Farm Policy

    House leaders on Tuesday proposed a drought relief package for ranches, orchards, and nurseries as a substitute for the massive five-year farm bill that has been stalled for weeks in the deeply divided chamber. But the very same flaws that have sidelined the omnibus farm bill—lavish subsidies and perverse incentives … More

    President Obama's Regulatory Dust-Up

    Rock Katschnig, a corn and soybean farmer in Prophetstown, Illinois, spoke for millions of business owners this week when making a polite appeal to President Obama: “Please don’t challenge us with more rules and regulations from Washington, D.C., that hinder us.” The scene: A “town hall” forum on the third … More

    Got Beef with the EPA? The National Cattlemen Do - Over Carbon Regulations

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s endangerment finding states that greenhouse gases, most significantly carbon dioxide, are a dangerous pollutant and need to be regulated under the Clean Air Act. While the finding itself does not regulate carbon dioxide, it commences a long process to curb greenhouse gas emissions, beginning with tailpipe … More

    Cap and Trade Hits Manufacturing, Farming and Small Business

    Sometimes the best offense is a good defense and sometimes the best action is inaction. With unemployment surpassing 10 percent (go here to watch unemployment grow), Midwestern Congressmen want to ensure that Congress will protect three key areas of their respective state’s economy: agriculture, manufacturing and small business. One sure … More