The farm bill moving through Congress today provides a great reminder of how Washington works: Whenever you see a government subsidy for some sympathetic cause or group — such as the working man, green-energy, homeownership, or college — there’s a good chance that the financial industry is also pocketing taxpayer cash through the same
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 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.
Parents know how often children confuse their wants with their needs. A child may hunger for a glitzy new bike, but if she already has one in perfect working order there is no need for a new bike to get her to school: She just wants one. In the same vein, the chair and ranking