IT IS the sad fate of American overseas food aid to occupy a policy “sweet spot”, says Chris Barratt, an expert in the subject at Cornell University.
Its budget, the largest of any country’s, is big enough to attract rapacious special interests, but still sufficiently small and complex that its scandalous inefficiencies rarely make headlines.
Scandalous barely covers it. Since America began donating surplus wheat, corn meal, vegetable oil and other farm [...]
Ethan A. Huff
Jan 25, 2013
It has come to our attention that the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), a national non-governmental organization that claims to represent the interests of American farmers, is right now attempting to covertly eliminate the freedom of South Carolina farmers to sell raw milk at the retail level. One of only a few states that currently recognizes the freedom of individuals to buy and sell raw milk legally, [...]
Document of the day: The Federal Register Thursday carries a notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture formally withdrawing the proposed 15-cent federal surcharge on fresh Christmas trees.
Just last week, critics pounced on the fee, labeling it as a ‘Christmas tree tax.’ In pre-election, rapid-response mode, the Obama administration did a same-news-cycle about-face on the fee, which was set to take effect on November 9—just in time for the holiday season. The [...]
The potential listing of the lesser prairie chicken as an endangered species could cause major economic problems for an area of Oklahoma already hit hard by an ongoing drought and dwindling population, business and industry leaders said Thursday.
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe’s office hosted Dan Ashe, the newly confirmed director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, during a forum at the University of Central [...]
Since it’s a matter of public record and they’ve admitted to taking the money, they can’t run and hide from it or claim “partisan” reporting.
The rest are busy sucking Koch for the Brothers who bankrolled their victory.
While the majority of American farmers receive no government money at all, at least 23 current members of congress or their families have received government money for [...]
Bachmann’s financial disclosure forms indicate that her personal stake in the family farm is worth up to $250,000. They also show that she has been earning income from the farm business, and that the income grew in just a few years from $2,000 to as much as $50,000 for 2008. This has provided her with a second government-subsidized income to go with her job as a government-paid congresswoman who makes [...]
The Tea Party swept into the 112th Congress with promises of cutting government spending. But according to a report out today, at least five lawmakers with Tea Party connections have been longtime recipients of federal agricultural subsidies.
“There’s nothing too surprising about hypocrisy in Washington,” Ken Cook, president of Environmental Working Group, told ABC News. “This particular group, you not only have to look at the [...]
A scholar and investigator from Russia used available census data from that first economic collapse and concluded Great Depression senselessly caused the unnecessary deaths of 7 million Americans. Included are these fascinating, heart-wrenching and damning excerpts:
“Famine killed 7 million people in USAâ€œ
“The material presented in the article apparently made Wikipediaâ€™s moderators delete the piece from the database of the online encyclopedia.
â€The researcher, Boris Borisov, in his article titled ‘The [...]