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    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

    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

    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

    Are 14 Percent of Americans Chronically Hungry?

    Earlier this week, a New York Times editorial claimed that 14.5 percent of U.S. households are experiencing “pangs of chronic hunger.” This figure is based on a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). It’s misleading, though. The 14.5 percent figure used by the Times refers to “food … 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

    6,300 Reasons the Government Is Dead Wrong on Farm Subsidies

    Congress has been wrangling for months over how to trim the taxpayer burden of bountiful subsidies to farmers. Here’s a thought: Stop paying the dead ones. Between 2008 and 2012, we now know, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disbursed more than $36 million to some 6,300 farmers who had … 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

    Bunny Disaster Plans: Unveiling the Magic Behind Regulations

    Cartoon star Bullwinkle the Moose had a running gag in which he tried to pull a rabbit out of a hat and ended up facing a tiger, rhino, lion, or a bear. It’s a good thing he’s not working the nightclub circuit today. The permitting process would be a nightmare. … More

    101 Million Americans Received Food Aid Last Year

    Nearly one-third of Americans received government-funded food aid in 2012, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). As Heritage Foundation expert Robert Rector has explained, there are roughly a dozen federal food assistance programs operating today. The USDA reports that 59 percent of households that … More