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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.

5 Signs Of Healthy Soil In Honor Of World Soil Day

Claire O'Connor | Posted 02.04.2014 | Green
Claire O'Connor

There are more organisms in a teaspoon of healthy soil than there are people on the planet! Each of these organisms, including earthworms, bacteria and fungi, has a special role to play in building a healthy, resilient soil community that is pest- and disease-resistant, soaks up water like a sponge, and provides nutrients to growing crops.

Arthur Delaney

Republicans Want To Drug Test Food Stamp Recipients

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives will soon decide whether states should be able to make food stamp recipients pee in cups to prove they're n...

Arthur Delaney

Farm Bill Could Reduce Transparency Of Agriculture Safety Net

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fifteen members of Congress or their spouses received $237,921 in federal farm subsidy payments last year, according to a new analysis o...

Farm Bill Moves Forward With Massive Food Stamp Cuts

Reuters | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

* Biggest food stamp cuts since 1996 welfare reform law * Bill creates three new types of crop insurance coverage ...

'Shallow Loss' Is a Loser of a Program

Eli Lehrer | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

Buried deep inside the $950 billion farm bill soon to come before the House and Senate agriculture committees is a policy proposal that easily ranks among the most misbegotten welfare-for-the-wealthy efforts ever to spring from the banks of the Potomac.

Time to Open Fire on Farm Subsidies

Eli Lehrer | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

While the nutrition programs have all sorts of flaws, they do accomplish a legitimate and longstanding public purpose. The subsidies provided to farmers are a lot different.

Juicy Target Vulnerable In Big Negotiations

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Rural lawmakers worry that $9 billion in annual federal crop insurance subsidies are an easy target for spending cuts in a "fiscal ...

Farmers, Farms and the GOP's Brand of Client Politics

Eli Lehrer | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

There's no reason that any Republican or, indeed, any right thinking politician should support gutting crop insurance underwriting standards or having any of the others of dozens of other absurd farm programs.

How the Crop Insurance Industry Helped Buy a Multi-Billion Dollar Cut to Food Stamps

Zaid Jilani | Posted 08.26.2012 | Politics
Zaid Jilani

We conducted a review of campaign spending by the crop insurance industry's top political action committee and its lobbyists it has contracted through a Virginia law firm, and found, unfortunately, unsurprising results.

Lynne Peeples

Farming With The Grain, Or Against It: The 2012 Farm Bill And Climate Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 12.13.2011 | Green

It wasn't a hurricane that devastated Mark Doyle's apples this year. Rather, an unusually cold and wet spring in the Northeast had already done enough...