The Farm Bill, which includes funding for foodstamps and agribusiness subisidies, also allocates nearly $4 billion per year to land conservation. But now that part is being slashed.
Surprise! The bill to avert the fiscal cliff might get a rider. It's a big one -- and it might hurt American farmers.
In response to concerns that our industrial, soil depleting food system will eventually collapse, a new vision for agriculture is emerging.
It's one thing to support a family farmer. It's another to subsidize a mega farm expansion that puts family farmers out of business.
Government deficits, energy, health care: Any one of these issues could lead to a policy fight that keeps much-needed reform off the table.