Our View: Time for Critics to Trade Pencils for Plows

During a meeting with reporters this week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack noted crop insurance “has come under unfair criticism,” adding, “Those who report on it don’t understand it and its importance to the food supply.” Vilsack was undoubtedly referencing a series of articles published by Bloomberg this week, which, according to the news outlet, thoroughly examined crop…

Milestones in Farm Policy History: 1989 GAO Report

“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” -Edmund Burke                        On the heels of weather disasters in ’83, ’84, and ’88, rural America was struggling, and lawmakers were losing patience.  Compounding the problem was an unparalleled farm debt crisis.  America’s food and fiber producers needed assistance, but aid was expensive and…

On Eve of Mardi Gras, a Look Back At Katrina, Rita’s Battering of Farming in Gulf States

By Cristine Pastor When the Mardi Gras celebration returned to New Orleans and the rest of Louisiana following the historic hurricanes of 2005, Jim Simon’s attendance as the resplendent King of New Iberia’s Krewe of Andalusia felt truly special. Simon is the manager of the American Sugar Cane League (ASCL), which represents Louisiana sugarcane farmers…

Agriculture Groups Unite to Relaunch Farm Policy Facts Education Campaign

WASHINGTON (February 4) – A diverse coalition of agricultural organizations that came together during the 2008 Farm Bill debate under the name Farm Policy Facts announced today that they are stepping up education activities during the 113th Congress. Those groups, which include the American Sugar Alliance, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers,…

Here They Go Again

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its latest rendition of the farm subsidy database, and this one really is a piece of work. Though Farm Policy Facts has been monitoring (and debunking) EWG attacks on rural America since 2007, EWG continues to spin complicated webs of half-truths to garner media headlines. Five years ago…

Despite Attacks on U.S. Farm Policy, Public Stands by America’s Farmers

Although extreme environmental groups and other high-powered special interests have spent millions of dollars lobbying against U.S. farm policy in the halls of Congress and in the editorial pages of major newspapers, a new poll finds that they are not getting traction with the American public. According to the Congressional Connection Poll, conducted by Princeton…

Commodity Classic Orgs Outline 2012 Farm Bill Priorities

From Commodity Classic (Nashville, Tenn.) – The following statement on the 2012 farm bill was released today by: National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer, a corn grower from Auburn, Ill.; National Association of Wheat Growers President Wayne Hurst, a wheat producer from Burley, Idaho; American Soybean Association President Steve Wellman, soybean farmer from Syracuse,…