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January 31, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Farm bill: Cut subsidies to Big Agriculture

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…


Comments | More in Agriculture | Topics: Donna Schindler Munro, farm bill, food stamps

November 16, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Farm bill: Changes must be made

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…


Comments | More in Agriculture | Topics: agriculture, farm bill

August 6, 2013 at 6:28 AM

Food stamps eliminated from farm bill

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…


Comments | More in Federal government, Politics | Topics: Congress, farm bill, food stamps

June 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM

The defeat of the farm bill, the decline of John Boehner

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…


Comments | More in Economy, Politics | Topics: agribusiness, boehner, farm bill