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Farm Subsidies

Crop Insurance Reform in Budget

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
John W. Boyd Jr.

I strongly support crop insurance reform. I would like to see Congress dig deeper and design a more equitable and transparent farm safety net.

Bush and Walker's Iowa Teams Harvest Millions in Farm Subsidies

Donald Carr | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics
Donald Carr

By larding up their Iowa teams with the historically subsidized and by endorsing crop insurance, Bush and Walker are trying to split the difference between looking conservative while appealing to Iowa primary voters.

Sweet Cornageddon

Donald Carr | Posted 07.08.2015 | Green
Donald Carr

The modern farm lobby has many similarities with the Republican Party like denying climate change and calling for the repeal of Obamacare in policy books. Until today...

The Government Is Revising The Definition Of Farming

AP | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is revising its definition of what it means to farm, meaning some people who receive farm subsidies but don't do an...

Samantha Lachman

Non-Republicans Welcome (But Not Really) At 'Bipartisan' Iowa Event For 2016 Hopefuls | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

The inaugural Iowa Agriculture Summit, held this past weekend in Des Moines, was an ostensibly bipartisan affair: Potential presidential candidates fr...

Arthur Delaney

Tom Cotton Makes Ridiculous Farm Bill Ad | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a new TV ad, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) would have you believe that President Barack Obama forced Congress to give poor people food st...

Louisiana GOP Candidate Makes A Promise He'd Probably Regret

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

Retired Col. Rob Maness (R), who's running against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) along with the more prominent Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), released his "C...

The Hungry Child

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Hunger and malnutrition have devastating consequences for children. Federal nutrition programs continue to be a critical support to ensure children's daily nutritional needs are met: they put food on children's plates, help build healthy minds and bodies, and help lift families out of poverty.

Our Taxpayer Dollars: Going to Waste and Wealthy Corporations

Jaimie Woo | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Jaimie Woo

Let's help our budget crises by continuing billion-dollar handouts to huge, profitable agribusinesses. Apparently, that's what Congress thinks.

Ten Examples of Welfare for the Rich and Corporations

Bill Quigley | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Here are the top 10 examples of corporate welfare and welfare for the rich. There are actually thousands of tax breaks and subsidies for the rich and corporations provided by federal, state and local governments, but these 10 will give a taste.

It's Time to Reform Farm Support

OECD | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business

Global food demand is rising so fast that farmers are beginning to have trouble keeping up. Projected world population growth, coupled with the new eating habits of a rising middle class, are likely to continue putting pressure on prices and boosting farm income levels for years to come.

Flunking Food and Hunger in Congress

Alex Formuzis | Posted 03.04.2014 | Green
Alex Formuzis

The votes they cast and bills they pass have a profound bearing on the lives of millions of people, including the one-sixth of the population who regularly find themselves hungry. Here are the Zeros of the first session of the 113th Congress.

A New Deal for Christmas

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

As the GOP abruptly ends unemployment benefits, Republicans intend to slash food aid as well. They want to cut $4 billion a year from the food stamp program that many jobless families depend on for meals. This will occur as struggling food pantries report bare shelves.

Preventable Hunger in Our Land of Plenty

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

While many American families gather around the Thanksgiving table this week, some of us combining this year's traditional dinners with Hanukkah feasts, the nearly 49 million Americans living in food insecure households will be struggling to afford the food they need.

Progressive Christians? A Response to "The Gospel of Selfishness in American Christianity"

Martha St Jean | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Martha St Jean

Those who abuse the Gospel and distort the truth may be publicly called out on the incongruence of their lives. For those of us who strive to walk in the steps of Christ -- please don't call us progressive; call us simply "Christians."

Will Feds Bankrupt Small Farms With Food Safety Rules?

Jim Slama | Posted 11.07.2013 | Home
Jim Slama

To grow the supply, we need federal policies and programs that support, not hinder, existing and new farmers in their efforts to grow more fruits and vegetables for local markets.

Taxpayers Are STILL Subsidizing Billionaires

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.07.2013 | Business

Congress recently altered the country's farm bill, cutting billions from the food stamp program over the next decade. That comes after more than a ...

The Mom Wars Conspiracy

Toni Nagy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Toni Nagy

We can point fingers and argue over the biological realities and psychological influences, but that is missing the point. Moms and dads feel inadequate, as it were only their fault that they can't be two in places at one time, when in reality, they are dealing with a systemic problem.

It's Time to Reform Farm Support

Ken Ash | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ken Ash

'Business as usual' is not an option either if the global food and agriculture system is to meet the planet's food, feed and fuel needs amidst competing demands for water, land and biodiversity resources and the uncertain impacts of climate change.

Let Them Eat $4.39

Martha Burk | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

Here's a challenge for each member of the U.S. House who favors fat-cat farmers and corporations over food for the poor. Instead of a huge campaign contribution, ask big ag write you a check $134. Feed yourself on that -- and only that -- for the next month.

The Chicken Industry Loves Federal Handouts

Paul Shapiro | Posted 11.18.2013 | Green
Paul Shapiro

Why would the government do this? In their announcement, the feds were pretty clear: "for surplus removal." In other words, since the poultry meat industry produced more chickens than it could sell, the government will step in and provide a cushy taxpayer bailout.

The Pesky Poor

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

One of the questions the curious voter from time to time wonders is how a person can distinguish good government handouts from bad government handouts. The answer to that question is not as obvious as it would seem to be to the uninitiated.

Calling All Baby Boomers

Susan Rhea | Posted 10.23.2013 | Fifty
Susan Rhea

They didn't stop that war and invent new religion just to end up watching "The Simpsons," reading "Doonesbury" and blogging on Facebook. Is that what the boomer generation is going to be remembered for? Just a single burst of youthful idealism, then a quick fade to the back?

Miller Rails Against House Republicans

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics

Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) chastised Republicans in a Monday report over their decision to forfeit nutrition programs, while approving farm subsidi...

What the Farm Bill Really Means

Sean McElwee | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Sean McElwee

What's the problem with the farm lobby? Don't farmers need representation too? Don't farm subsidies help keep the food market stable? Yes and yes. But, American farm policy may be one of the most incoherently developed and rigidly path dependent.