Obama’s “Freshest” Industry Takeover
Let’s quickly review U.S. industries now subject to increased federal regulation. Well, there’s healthcare, the banks, energy (EPA regulating CO2 emissions), the Internet (FCC’s net neutrality proposal), education (student loans), autos, and forgive me, I almost forgot the mortgage industry. The end of the 111th Congress has introduced another major sector takeover whose influence reaches our life (at least several times a day), and that | Read More »
Cap-and-Tax Bad for Farmers, Rural America
We like to say that we have the safest, most abundant, most affordable food and fiber supply in the world. But this isn’t just a boastful expression, it is a reality. Our farmers and ranchers are responsible for feeding folks living in our country and throughout the world. But, cap and tax legislation threatens that safe, abundant and affordable food and fiber supply. The agriculture | Read More »
This fish cost California almost a billion dollars.
And depending on your monitor, the picture (via Michelle Malkin) may be the actual size: That’s the delta smelt – or, as Rep. George Radanovich (R, CA-19) likes to call it, “a worthless little worm that needs to go the way of the dinosaur” – and it’s the reason why direct farm losses in California’s San Joaquin valley are being estimated at a high of | Read More »
Agricultural Tyranny – The Food Czar
As the tentacles of the neoliberal agenda extend further into the most precious areas of our free society, small farms comprise part of the last remaining opposition to tyranny. If our country is to stay a free republic, we cannot place the right for families to grow food under the thumb of a government bureaucrat. Earlier this year, H.R. 875, The Food Safety Modernization Act, | Read More »
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The Puzzle of Dr. Norman Borlaug
Ever wondered why food today is so incredibly cheap and widely available? Why we no longer see so much footage of starvation and famine in third world countries? There are many reasons, of course, but much of it can be summed up in two words: Norman Borlaug. Dr. Borlaug passed away this weekend at the age of 95, and is generally recognized as the architect | Read More »
Homeland Security may impose new regulations on agriculture
Last Friday Congresswoman Candice Miller (R-Michigan) attempted to make an amendment to H.R. 2868, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act of 2009, to minimize the impact of new regulations on agriculture and farmers. The Democratically controlled committee voted “no” on her amendment with a vote along party lines. Farmers may now suffer increased regulations on any chemical product related to agriculture and farming. Read the rest | Read More »
Does the courage for the conservative message truly exist?
Like many conservatives on Redstate and other sites, I am motivated by the calls and enthusiasm for the return to conservative principles. The little voice in my head wonders if conservatives are ready for hard choices and positions this will require. Regardless of the election cycle, we will always have Republicans repeating the mantra of calling for fiscal responsibility, low taxes and limited government. Every | Read More »
Obama wants to reshape the agriculture industry
Below, Moe writes on some shocking statements by Barack Obama about “bankrupting the coal industry” in order to address global warming. Obama has it in for another industry: agriculture. Check out these statements from an interview he gave with Time’s Joe Klein: As a consequence, our agriculture sector actually is contributing more greenhouse gases than our transportation sector. And in the mean time, it’s creating | Read More »
Grassley Willing to Cut Farm Subsidies?
The recently failed WTO negotiations have revealed something interesting; Grassley is willing to reduce agricultural supports. Senator Grassley, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over international trade, recently stated that the U.S. was willing to reduce allowable support for agriculture from $48 billion to $15 billion to achieve a successful WTO negotiation.