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    A Fourth-Generation Farmer Makes His Case for Splitting the "Farm" Bill

    Nearly a year ago, Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) wrote in the Wall Street Journal that the unholy alliance between food stamps and agriculture policy — known in Washington as the farm bill — must come to an end. Congress failed to take that advice, … More

    7 Ugly Truths About the House Farm Bill

    The recently defeated House farm bill was fundamentally flawed. The House can now fix these flaws by going back to the drawing board and developing real reforms. To adopt necessary reforms, the House needs to separate food stamps from the farm programs and consider each on its own merit in … More

    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

    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

    The Rich and Famous at the Farm Bill Trough

    Congress is considering the renewal of massive agriculture subsidies that proponents characterize as a crucial “safety net” for struggling family farms. In fact, most of the taxpayer support is actually pocketed by the well-to-do, including former President Jimmy Carter, the current Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and … More

    Crop Insurance Reform Would Save Lots of Taxpayer Money

    Crop insurance is probably not the first thing you want to talk about at a cocktail party. It isn’t sexy. However, it starts looking a lot prettier when common-sense reforms to crop insurance could save taxpayers billions of dollars. The Senate is currently debating its bloated farm bill. The Congressional … More

    Energy Efficiency Bill Is a Big Step in the Wrong Direction

    Senator Byron Dorgan (D–ND) told Greenwire (subscription required) that an energy efficiency bill that passed through the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee would be a necessary “first step” to more federal efforts to overhaul energy policy. The legislation, introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D–NH) and Rob Portman (R–OH), contains … 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

    Bloggers Briefing: Why the Farm Bill Is a Taxpayer's Worst Nightmare

    Congress is turning its attention to the farm bill this week, and if there’s ever a reason to unite against big government, this is a good time as any. Heritage Action’s Drew White reports the bill is chock full of special-interest handouts, market-distorting subsidies, and hundreds of billions of dollars in … More

    6 Principles to Guide the Farm Bill

    Every five years or so, Congress reauthorizes recurring legislation known as the “Farm Bill.” The Senate and House Agriculture Committees are expected to mark up new farm bill legislation this week and next week, respectively. As Congress develops a new farm bill, here are a few things it should keep … More