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July 12, 2013 11:20 AM Maybe Boehner Should Have Tanked the Farm Bill

The Half-Farm Bill squeezed through the House yesterday afternoon, with all Democrats opposing it along with a handful of Republicans. This is the Farm Bill with agriculture stuff only; the Republicans say they'll move a second bill with the nutrition...

By Jonathan Bernstein

June 24, 2013 12:25 PM What the Farm Bill Means for Immigration

Recently, I wrote about "What the Farm Bill says about immigration in the House." I've already linked to Greg, who had a similar view, and there were others, too. But Ezra Klein has a bit of a counterintuitive view: I’ll...

By Jonathan Bernstein

May 02, 2013 11:32 AM Leave Agribusiness Lobbyists ALOOOONE!

A few weeks ago, I posted about the Obama Administration’s effort to change outrageous and wasteful food aid rules that line the pockets of agribusiness and shipping companies. The more you look at the absurd policy preventing USAID from purchasing...

By Jonathan Zasloff

September 18, 2012 11:00 AM A Good Time to Buy Soybeans

The Environmental Protection Agency announced its biodiesel quota for next year on Friday, increasing the amount of plant-based fuel it will require refiners to blend into petroleum-based diesel from 1 billion gallons to 1.28 billion gallons. The agency projects that...

By Max Ehrenfreund

July 25, 2012 12:30 PM An Election in Hell

Much of the United States is in the midst of the worst drought in fifty years, and according to the National Weather Service, “it is likely to grow worse.” An Illinois crop biologist says, “It’s like farming in hell.” Environmental reporter Elizabeth...

By Larry Bartels