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Farm Bill Outlook; China Phase One

Farm Bill Outlook Former Congressional staffer turned University of Illinois professor Jonathon Coppess correctly opines that negotiation on the 2023 farm bill may be quite contentious. That is because farm support programs benefit a very narrow subset of the population, and a vocal group of opponents prefer climate mitigation over commodity subsidies. They will take encouragement from Europe where the CAP is being shifted slowly but away from large producers and toward environmental services. There are more vocal critics of Big Ag in Congress, including Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), who is a vegetarian and wants to limit pesticide usage. The debate will be strongly shaped by which party is in control on Capitol Hill following the 20...

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