Now that we have moved beyond the 2006 elections, our representatives will head to Washington. Chief among their duties is to pass laws, and one of the most important tasks of this Congress will be to pass a piece of legislation known as the 2007 farm bill.
So far this summer, there have been twenty Congressional farm bill field hearings, sixteen held by the House of Representatives Agriculture Committee and four held by their counterparts in the Senate. The primary focus of the testimony and discussion at these hearings has focused on commodity subsidies and major farm program payments.
Testimony on Rural Development in the Farm Bill to the Senate Agriculture Committee, August 2006. Written Testimony of Chuck Hassebrook of the Center for Rural Affairs to the US Senate Agriculture Committee on August 16, 2006.
The next farm bill offers America a choice. We can continue the misplaced federal priorities destroying rural communities, or we can invest in creating a future in Rural America.