Going Green

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Analysis of Farm Bill Situation

This analysis of the current Farm Bill political situation is from Ag Observatory which is produced by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

Analysis from Washington

Dan Morgan
February 4, 2008

By Dan Morgan- Dan is a special correspondent of The Washington Post and a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. “Analysis from Washington” is posted exclusively at FarmPolicy.com.

Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) was in a hurry to get millionaire businessman and former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer sworn into office Monday in time to bask in the pomp of sitting with the Cabinet at the State of the Union address. It wasn’t just the close family ties. (Schafer is Conrad’s former brother-in-law and Schafer’s dad once offered to help Conrad with his college costs.) Conrad’s helping hand—resulting in Schafer’s hurry-up Senate confirmation by “unanimous consent” rather than by roll-call vote following debate—was political and strategic.

Farm bloc lawmakers urgently need...(complete article here).

One thing not mentioned here is that the direct payments to farmers include such things as the Conservation Reserve Program which is a favorite of environmentalists.

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