Just in from National Farmers Union

“Major changes need to be made to this bill. Farmers Union urges the House to send it back to committee to make significant improvements worthy of the men and woman who feed, fuel and clothe our nation.”

Christian and Charitable Organizations Are Joining Right- and Left-Leaning Partisan Groups in Opposing GOP House Farm Bill

After the $1.5 trillion tax bonanza mostly for corporations and billionaires, many people thought an equally generous Farm Bill would be easy pickings. Traditionally no major measure is crafted to unite an urban-suburban-rural coalition of supporters like the Farm Bill since it ultimately reaches the dinner of every American. From incentives for the people who […]

GOP 2018 Farm Bill Doesn’t Spare Rural Americans Pain and Anguish; Hurts Our Farmers, Ranchers, Veterans, Seniors, Mothers, Retailers

It seems the Republicans just can’t help hurting their base voters. This time it’s the House GOP’s 2018 Farm Bill that is shaping up to be another affront to Rural America. The Farm Bill shortchanges farmers and ranchers and doesn’t make up for the money and jobs that will be lost to U.S. growers and […]

Heartless Trump Sacrifices American Farmers in Unnecessary Trade War

A bad idea just doesn’t make for sound public policy; uniformed, chaotic government doesn’t make wise choices; and it is self-destructive for people to allow ignorant and intolerant politicians to lead. For a moment try to forget about the tawdry sex scandals, suspected election subterfuge and signs of using the presidency of the United States […]

Now is the Time To Make the 2018 Farm Bill Better

It’s easy to understand how some of us might have missed National Agriculture Day earlier this week with all the screaming tawdry tabloid headlines out of Washington. Some of us might not even realize that Congress is beginning to shape a new Farm Bill this session. Well, neither of those points slipped by our family […]

National Farmers Union “Farmer’s Share” Indicates that only 11 Cents out of Thanksgiving Retail Food Dollar is Goes to the Farmers and Growers

WASHINGTON – Farmers and ranchers take home just 11.4 cents from every dollar that consumers spend on their Thanksgiving dinner meals, according to the annual Thanksgiving edition of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Farmer’s Share publication. The popular Thanksgiving Farmer’s Share compares the retail food price of traditional holiday dinner items to the amount the […]

Improving health through better nutrition? Fuggedaboudit says the GOP.

Putting the fat back into America’s food policy is a loud and clear priority for the new majority in Congress this year.  First Lady Michelle Obama launched the “Let’s Move” initiative in February 9, 2010.  A widely acclaimed first step to taking on childhood obesity, the First lady hasn’t been shy about wielding her considerable […]

We, the people…and the Farm Bill.

Growing up in Massachusetts means a special kind of connection to the Fourth of July. Along with Thanksgiving, the Fourth of July is one of two holidays all Americans can claim as our own. Both were born in Massachusetts: Thanksgiving in Plymouth around a communal dining table and the American Revolution, which started with the […]

Farm Bill defeated in House; traditional rural-urban alliance frayed

The old rural-urban alliance that married farm and nutrition programs failed to get a Farm Bill through the House this afternoon. The bill lost 195-234, with food stamps apparently the main issue. The House seemed ready to pass the bill this afternoon “after the Agriculture Committee leadership agreed to a sweeping en bloc amendment Wednesday […]

Unanimous high court backs Monsanto over farmer

Agribusiness food giant Monsanto took on Indiana farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman (NPR photo by Dan Charles) in a dispute over a patent to grow genetically modified soybeans. The case went all the way to the top, with the Supreme Court ruling unanimously yesterday that Bowman violated Monsanto’s patent. Monsanto’s soybeans are resistant to the weed killer […]