09 Feb '12, 11pm

Farm Bill update: Fewer secrets, more hard work

Farm Bill update: Fewer secrets, more hard work

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act is one of two bills sustainable ag advocates will be rallying around this spring. (Photo by fieldsbh.) Now that we’re beyond all the intrigue and behind-closed-doors shenanigans of the failed Secret Farm Bill , the good food movement is tasked with something even more daunting: staying awake and engaged as the 2012 Farm Bill moves through a more traditional process of hearings, committees, and amendments. I have my party hat on — do you? The clock is ticking Because we’re in an election year, the bill would essentially have to be ready to go by the beginning of this summer for it to pass before the 2008 bill expires in September. And while Tom Laskawy and others think that’s unlikely , it’s not impossible, either. In a recent, super-in-depth rundown of the logistical and political factors effecting the process , the National...

Full article: http://grist.org/farm-bill/farm-bill-update-fewer-secrets...

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