Farm Bill

11:58am

Fri December 28, 2012
Planet Money

Understanding The 'Milk Cliff'

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 1:35 pm

Scott Olson Getty Images

1:32am

Wed December 12, 2012
It's All Politics

Farm Bill Becomes Fodder In 'Fiscal Cliff' Wrangling

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 3:58 am

A customer shops for nectarines at a farmers market in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Among the loose ends that lawmakers would like to tie up before the end of this lame-duck session is the farm bill, which is made up mostly of crop subsidies and food stamps.

The last farm bill expired in September. The Senate has passed a new one; the House has not. Farm-state lawmakers are urging leaders to include a farm bill as part of any budget deal to avert year-end tax increases and spending cuts.

But not everyone thinks that's a good idea.

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1:05am

Wed September 19, 2012
The Salt

So What Happens If The Farm Bill Expires? Not Much, Right Away

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 2:53 pm

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., talk to reporters about the farm bill at the U.S. Capitol in June.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Congress is set to make a brief appearance in Washington this week, then recess until after Election Day. That means a farm bill is likely to be left undone, just one of the many items on lawmakers' "to-do" lists that won't happen anytime soon.

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1:21am

Thu August 23, 2012
Planet Money

Why Do Taxpayers Subsidize Farmers' Insurance?

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 8:16 am

Grandpa Traub — corn former and millionaire.
Chana Joffe-Walt NPR

This summer's drought has hit more than half the states in the country. Crops are suffering, but farmers might not be. Most farmers have crop insurance.

U.S. taxpayers spend about $7 billion a year on crop insurance. It's our largest farm subsidy.

And this subsidy goes in part to farmers — who will tell you themselves they aren't so sure about the whole idea. "I have an aversion to it," says Jim Traub, a corn and bean farmer in Fairbury, Illinois. "But you're not going to turn it down."

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3:52pm

Tue August 14, 2012
Politics

Udall Urges Passage Of 2012 Farm Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass the 2012 Farm Bill before starting their August recess. With the bill expiring in September, will Congress have time to pass the important bill when they return?

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