Yesterday, we looked at the issues with food stamps in the SNAP program. Today, we’ll look at an area that comes under constant criticism as wasteful and liable to be abused. The new Farm Bill is working its way through the House Agriculture Committee and will eventually arrive on the floor for a vote.
Once it is approved by the House, it will move to majority-Democrat Senate where its fate is anybody’s guess. There is always a complication for this type of bill during an election. Senators running for reelection, especially in farm states, want to be seen as friendly to farmers and their extended network of supporters while those who represent consumer states might vote the other way.
The U.S. Farm economy represents a huge part of the overall economy. The last farm census, taken in 2007, found that there were 2.2 million farms, covering an area of 922 million acres, an average of 418 acres per farm. READ MORE