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A new bait and switch farm bill

Published on May 31, 2013, by in Farm Bill.

The Senate agriculture committee passed its version of the 2013 farm bill on May 14. Though sold as a deficit-reduction measure that maintains key supports for farmers, the bill’s numbers deserve a closer look as it heads to the Senate floor next week. The new bill does get one thing right: eliminating the Direct Payments

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How to get food aid right

Published on May 6, 2013, by in Farm Bill.

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on CNN Global Public Square. Christopher B. Barrett is a professor at Cornell University and author of an American Enterprise Institute paper on US food assistance programs and the book Food Aid After Fifty Years: Recasting Its Role. The views expressed are his own. How many of us read

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More subsidies for prosperous farmers

Published on May 1, 2013, by in Farm Bill.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that farm income in 2013 will be more than double what it was in 2009. The nation’s farmers are enjoying the benefits of high crop prices, massive crop insurance subsidies, and technological advances that have made crops more resistant to drought. As a result, farming’s record level of income

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