Tuesday, May 6, 2008

2008 Farm Bill May 'Bloom' This Week

The new US Farm Bill may go before the House and Senate this week. Adam Wartheson is with the Land Stewardship Project in Minnesota and said while the overall bill is seriously flawed, it does cover some important issues like land conservation, help for new and beginning farmers and local and regional food systems. The bill includes continued large tax subsidies even as crop prices remain high. The bill also includes increases for school lunch programs, Meals on Wheels, and Food Stamp programs. Country of origin labeling and a permanent disaster program have also made it into the final version. Congressional leaders hope to bring it to a vote this week.

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