By Dan Shapley
Advocates Angle For A Better Farm Bill
Congress pumps about $70 billion into the nation's farms in a massive, massively complex, massively boring farm bill once about every five years. It's a mind-numbing process that turns off all but the most committed policy wonks. If it didn't matter so much to the nation's health, environment and quality of life, that would be ok. This year, advocates are making headway in steering the farm bill's massive subsidies away from large-scale Midwest soybeans and corn -- which already benefit from new ethanol fuel subsidies -- and toward family farms, organic farms, fresh food in schools, and agricultural land conservation for wildlife. It's a massive effort for a massive bill. It's one that deserves an ounce of attention from all of us.