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The grim reapers of crop insurance

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is often described as overstaffed and inefficiently structured for its mission, which is to deliver and monitor a variety of federal subsidy and conservation programs. Currently, FSA operates offices in over 2,100 counties — almost all counties with any measure of agricultural production. Many of the



The farm bill: Where are we now?

The House and Senate Agricultural Committee Leadership–Frank Lucas (R-OK), Colin Petersen (D-MN), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Pat Roberts (R-KS)–must be feeling a little like Oliver Hardy when he and Stan Laurel found themselves in yet another catastrophic situation, about to be run down by a fast-moving train.