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 […]

Can We Trust Saccone to Protect Our Social Security and Medicare?

Trust is the cornerstone of the compact voters make with the candidates they support. Voters expect their candidates to keep their word and fight for the issues and programs that they pledge to support. In the special election for the 18th congressional district in Pennsylvania, Republican Rick Saccone claims he won’t cut our Social Security […]

Rural America Would Benefit from Bipartisan Senate Budget Deal

Investment in Rural America is a big part of the bipartisan budget deal reached today in the Senate. The compromise would allow the Pentagon and other agencies to do some longer-term planning, for change – a luxury not afforded the federal government since the Trump administration took office. The only question now is will House […]

GOP Infrastructure Plan: State & Local Tax Hikes; Toll Roads & Bridges

Are you ready for private toll roads and bridges in West Virginia and Maine? How about state and local tax hikes in Mississippi and New Hampshire? Get ready for it, because that is exactly what Rural States from Georgia to Idaho can expect if the Trump infrastructure plan comes to fruition. Oh, the White House […]

The State of Rural America is Strong But Vulnerable

The State of Rural America is strong because of the people and local institutions that allow us to sustain our vital agrarian-based communities. The strength of Rural America can be found in our profound and productive ability to feed the world. The State of Rural America is threatened, however, by the false promises from current […]

GOP Plans to Gut Medicare & Social Security if Moore Wins in Alabama UPDATED

Alabama senior citizens and retirees should brace for devastating Republican cuts to their Medicare coverage and Social Security benefits if Roy Moore prevails in Tuesday’s special Senate election. It’s a poorly disguised two-part GOP plot: first pass massive permanent tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans, and then play the phony deficit hawk game, […]

Debt-Bloating Tax Cut End-Game Reveals GOP Deficit Hawks as Frauds

You know how we can tell the GOP corporate tax scheme is a ruse? Too many so-called conservatives squawked when the few Republican deficit hawks still true to their core fiscal doctrine came up with a way to try to keep the tax cuts from adding another $1.4 trillion to the $20 trillion national debt. […]

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 […]

Here They Go Again, Ignoring Voters and Costing us More for Healthcare

From Rural America to the suburbs, voters sent Washington a message in elections around the country this month: healthcare matters to us, so stabilize the insurance marketplace. Shockingly, arrogant congressional leaders are about to do the opposite. Republicans are choosing to ignore the will of the voters by raising the cost of insurance premiums and […]