24 Jun '11, 10pm

There’s a Foxx guarding the ag-policy henhouse

There’s a Foxx guarding the ag-policy henhouse

Know your farmer, know your food? Oh no, you don't, says Virginia Foxx. Photo: Rep. Virginia Foxx Cross-posted from Mother Jones . In my post on the House Republicans' recent assault on progressive ag policy, I mentioned the move to shut down the USDA's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative. The sponsor of the amendment that did the dirty deed is Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) -- who, it turns out, represents my district in Congress. This is the sort of thing she gets up to when she's not defending children from the scourge of gay marriage , or lashing out at undocumented workers (who, incidentally, form the backbone of our area's Christmas tree and nursery industries). As I mentioned in my previous post, Know Your Farmer is essentially a website . It gathers up and spotlights a hodgepodge of existing programs, funded by the 2008 Farm Bill, that direct modest amounts of...

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