It is easy for city folk to throw stones at the agriculture farm bill [“Cut subsidies to Big Agriculture,” Northwest Voices, Jan. 31). I grew up farming in Illinois and still have a very small farm in Quincy, Ill. Who it should affect, and the contents of the farm bill, can be debated many…More
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I’m glad that Congress has made some headway and compromised for the farm bill [“Q&A: What’s in the trillion-dollar farm bill?” Politics, Jan. 28]. What wasn’t mentioned is that at least 50 billionaires, or businesses in which they had a financial stake, collected farm subsidy direct payments from 1995 to 2012, according to the…More
Split the food stamps and the farm program
I agree with Froma Harrop, “let’s split the food stamps and the farm program” [“The last farm bill? Opinion, Nov. 17].
Sustainability, community and localness need to be considered Billions of tax dollars are being spent to produce unhealthy sweetener. The purpose of our agricultural subsidies is to ensure the health of the public through the maintaining of a sizable community of farmers growing enough food to feed the rest of the country. This does not require…More
Farm bill is crucial to direct our agriculture and nutrition policy for hungry Americans Right now Congress is debating a farm bill that will direct our agriculture and nutrition policy for the next several years ["Congress must compromise on farm bill," Online, Oct. 29]. The House and Senate passed two very different bills. SNAP is…More
Farm bill was a mega-bill The House of Representatives and House Republican leadership recently took a bold step to separate the farm bill into farm policy and feeding programs (food stamps). [“Budget plans imploding, Congress is heading home,” News, Aug. 2.] When asked for a reaction to the split, the most common answer in my farm…More
Welfare for the rich Thank you for printing the article about what has happened with food stamps and the farm bill. [“A food-stamp fight over values,” page one, July 18.] It is important for the American people to understand that many Republicans in our government, and our country, do not think that poor people have the…More
Food stamps are a necessity As syndicated columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. pointed out, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the product of former Sens. Bob Dole and George McGovern because “both were horrified that too many Americans were going without nourishment.” [“Boehner’s House implodes,” Opinion, June 24.] Every member of Congress should be required to…More