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Cruel, Disastrous, Partisan Farm Bill

Traditionally, farm bills have been the paragon of congressional bipartisan comity. However, that has seemingly come to an end. The 2014 Farm Bill took two years to pass, largely due to the dairy and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provisions in the bill. As previously noted (see Ag Perspectives, 12 April), those same two issues are front and center again, and the farm bill is a partisan issue. Yesterday House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway (R-Texas) unveiled his draft of the 2018 Farm Bill. This followed a Monday letter from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) to all Democrats (also noted in yesterday’s report) urging them to “oppose the farm bill.” The letter specifically s...

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