23 Apr '12, 8pm

Would you like a bad farm bill — or a terrible one? By @twyspy

Would you like a bad farm bill — or a terrible one? By @twyspy

The 2012 Farm Bill finally appears to be moving forward. Sort of. On Friday, the Senate Agriculture Committee released their draft of the half-trillion-dollar bill. But not much has actually changed for the better since the behind-closed-doors “Secret Farm Bill ” process from last fall. Ag Committee members are still planning deep cuts to crucial conservation funding that both keeps farmers from planting up every acre of available land and ensures that their farming techniques don’t endanger clean water and air . Meanwhile, blustery boasts of eliminating farm subsidies are highly exaggerated: Last week, for example, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that “farm subsidy days are numbered .” But as was decided last fall, the committee simply plans to shuffle the bulk of “direct payment” subsidy dollars over to crop insurance, where they will continue to prop up the ...

Full article: http://grist.org/farm-bill/would-you-like-a-bad-farm-bill...

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