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    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

    Tales of the Red Tape #40: The USDA Rabbit Police

    There’s no good way to deliver this disturbing bit of news except to come right out with it: Marty the Magician and others in the business of pulling a rabbit from a hat are under strict orders from the federal government to develop a “contingency plan” for handling their critters … 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

    Farm Bill Rock 'n' Roll

    What you are about to read is not satire or parody. The farm bill pending in the U.S. House of Representatives authorizes a new tax on rocks. Seriously. The House Agriculture Committee, in its infinite wisdom, has actually approved an amendment to the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act … 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 Facts about Food Stamps Everyone Should Hear

    A recent US News & World Report article set out to unveil the “facts” about food stamps. What are the so-called “facts”? For one, the article claims that the food stamps program is not “bloated,” but rather, the surge in participation and spending is a result of the program “doing … More

    GAO Cites Waste in U.S. Food Aid Programs—But Does Not Call for Budget Cuts

    Senator Tom Coburn (R–OK) and others in Congress have repeatedly expressed concerns about “fragmentation, overlap, and duplication” in non-emergency food aid programs administered by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). But a study released this month by the United States Government … More

    USDA's Stimulus Jobs Data Plagued by Inaccuracies

    Federal requirements for monitoring jobs data associated with President Obama’s stimulus package are insufficient to ensure that that the information is accurate, according to a review of that data compiled by the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The IG released a report this week documenting widespread inaccuracies in … More

    Tales of the Red Tape #36: USDA Lays a Regulatory Egg

    The Obama Administration fervently opposes state laws requiring voter identification to cast a ballot. But it is insisting that the nation’s farmers prove the identity of every chicken transported across state lines. Under the fowl rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), a flock that has been hatched, … More

    USDA Requires Little Documentation for $50,000 Discrimination Payouts

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture will pay up to $50,000 each to female and Hispanic farmers and ranchers who claimed they were discouraged from applying for USDA loans due to perceived discrimination. But those farmers won’t be required to prove that they ever actually farmed. The payments are part of a … More