Policy Documents

Farm Bill “Reform” Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Sallie James –
May 29, 2013
In this Free Trade Bulletin for the Herbert A. Steifel Center for Trade Policy Studies, asserts that the farm bill passed by Congress is too restrictive. Moreover, the bill passed leaves the U.S. open for international lawsuits. Every 5 years or so, Congress passes a series of bills known as the farm bill taken collectively. According to the author, "the mark-ups passed by the agriculture committees are largely similar to the bills that were passed by the same committees last year. The new bills eliminate many existing commodity programs, including the direct payments program, and replace them with target price programs and revenue insurance programs." In the end, the bill is far too costly and do not shrink the federal government. We need more aggressive agricultural reform.