As House Republicans consider slicing up their failed 2013 farm bill and voting on its parts separately, Montana agriculture groups are saying no thanks.
WASHINGTON — The farm bills now before Congress — one from the Senate, the other from the House — attest, if nothing else, to the inertia of politics. There is no “public interest” (a phrase often meaningless in Washington) in having government subsidize farmers. Food would be produced witho…
Federal belt tightening and new political players are redrawing the ground rules for the 2013 farm bill, say agriculture groups who expect weaker subsidies than were offered in 2012.
When House budget hawks called for deep cuts to federal farm subsidies recently, most people in Montana saw it as a ruinous assault on the state's largest industry.
Farm subsidies are on the congressional chopping block and Republicans, Democrats and more than a few farmers are lobbying for a hand on the hatchet.
The fate of farm subsidies, worth billions to the Montana economy, is expected to be decided in the next three weeks by a deficit-cutting supercommittee looking to chop $1.2 trillion from the federal budget.
Federal farm spending will be cut to reduce the federal budget deficit. The critical question is how it will be cut. Will policymakers protect the most powerful interests or will they secure critical investments in the future of rural America? The top priorities should be strengthening famil…