House Payment Limitations

U.S. House Agriculture Committee members claim they tightened payment limitations in their farm bill. In fact they kept unlimited multi-million dollar loan deficiency payments made when crop prices are low and raised the limit on direct payments made regardless of crop prices.


Nebraska holds I-300 hearings to examine implications for the future; Iowa turns down several large hog confinement proposals

>> In 2007 the Nebraska Legislature enacted Legislative Resolution 93, introduced by Senator Phil Erdman, in response to Nebraska’s constitutional regulation of corporate farming being declared unconstitutional in federal court. This was an Interim Study Resolution to “examine implications for the future structure, development, and progress of agricultural production in Nebraska.”

What I Learned at the Center - Liz Lesher

Liz Lesher was a summer intern, working with our policy and outreach teams. Liz is a senior at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, majoring in Religion and Biblical Literature. She is originally from Columbus, Ohio. Here is what Liz had to say about her time at the Center.

I spent 10 weeks working at the Center for Rural Affairs. I’ve learned more than I could have imagined about the complex economics that affect rural communities and more than I’d like to know about how hogs are slaughtered. I’ve learned that politics isn’t about the best policy. I’ve heard politicians evade questions so well you would think they were paid to do it.

New Publications and Reports at our Website

The past month has seen the addition of four new Farm Bill-related publications on the CFRA website. They deal with payment limits, microenterprise, beginning farmers, and rural development.

Measuring the Quality of Life in Rural Areas

Good jobs, access to critical services, strong communities, and a healthy environment – how available are they in rural America

The key to quality of life is the ability to enjoy it. Few doubt that rural areas provide an enormous opportunity for quality of life amenities, but are we able to enjoy them like we should?

According to USDA research, the four key measures to quality of life in rural areas are:

- The availability of good-paying jobs
- Access to critical services, such as education and health care
- Strong communities
- A healthy natural environment


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