Center Newsletter: House Ag Committee Farm Bill Critique

This month's Center for Rural Affairs Newsletter is now online.

The newsletter features a commentary by Center Director Chuck Hassebrook on the House Ag Committee's current draft of the Farm Bill. Of payment limits reform in the draft bill, he writes:

[E]ven Peterson’s illusion of reform was scuttled in subcommittee for an extension of the 2002 farm bill.

That action reflects the contention of Peterson himself and most major farm and commodity groups that the current farm bill is working. Witness after witness representing those groups told a Nebraska hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee last August that the current farm bill is working.

But when asked whether they would recommend a future in agriculture for their sons, the answer was no. As one said, “It would be easier for him to make money at a job in Lincoln.”

When the best we can do is to tell our sons and daughters to find jobs in the capitol city, the farm bill is not working.

Read the full piece here. That commentary is complimented by an extensive feature outlining both accomplishments and setbacks in the House version of the bill. Read our analysis of provisions in the Rural Development, Research, Conservation, and Commodity title.

You can also read about livestock market competition reform in the Corporate Farming Notes, art and culture based community development, and much more in this month's newsletter.

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