23 Jun '11, 1pm

House Republicans make more cuts than the latest Saw sequel. Will small farmers survive?

House Republicans make more cuts than the latest Saw sequel. Will small farmers survive?

It's death by a thousand cuts for small-farm Bessie. Photo: Wade Fasano Late on Thursday, the House of Representatives passed the Department of Agriculture’s appropriations bill for the next fiscal year. In their zeal to slash spending, House Republicans approved $7 billion less for the department than President Obama requested, cuting out worldwide hunger programs, settlement payments to Brazilian cotton farmers, and a popular “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative that connected local farmers with their schools and other food programs in their communities. But a tiny $2 million cut might hurt small farmers the most. The bill also stops the USDA from finishing an effort that would help small farmers who contract with big meatpacking companies like Tyson, Smithfield and Cargill. It blocks the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), which wou...

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