16 Nov '11, 4pm

The Farm Bill: The view from the Grassroots

The Farm Bill: The view from the Grassroots

The odds that most of us laypeople will have any opportunity to influence this year's Farm Bill process are looking awfully slim . Sure, there's still a chance the current, nearly opaque super committee process, and the piece of it now known as "the Secret Farm Bill ," could break down. If that happens, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) said last week : It could proceed under a more normal legislative process through both the House and Senate committees early next year, or the current farm bill could be extended for a year, with the committees coming back to work on a new farm bill in 2013. But it's also still very possible that the Farm Bill will be passed -- if not in secret, now that the word is out , then at least through a process that will put a pane of thick, soundproof glass between us and our lawmakers. There is a silver lining in all this, how...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/farm-bill/2011-11-15-the-farm-bill-t...

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