Saying ‘no’ isn’t enough

March 2010

There are times when just saying “no” isn’t enough. We hope that’s where the House Agriculture Committee is coming from. Last week the committee rejected a package of cost-saving policy changes proposed in the Obama administration budget. The changes would have modified the current Farm Bill. In fact, there’s a lot of merit to considering all of those ideas when hearings begin later this spring on a 2012 Farm Bill. In its budget message to Congress, the administration asked for fewer federal dollars to go toward underwriting crop insurance, for a new and lower cap on the maximum amount of payments awarded to an individual recipient and for a new way to calculate eligibility for many payments made through programs in the farm bill.

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