The Madeleine Brand Show for June 22, 2012

Farm Bill passes in Senate, heads to House

Kathy Lohr/NPR

Georgia farmer Donald Chase says the Senate's proposed farm bill favors farmers in the Midwest and leaves Southern farmers without a safety net.

Every five years, the legislative houses re-examine just what kind of food policy our nation will support. The legislation, known as the Farm Bill, involves half a trillion dollars and was approved yesterday in the Senate.

According to the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, this year's bill "ends direct payments, streamlines and consolidates programs, and reduces the deficit by $23 billion. It also strengthens top priorities that help farmers, ranchers, and small business owners continue to grow our economy."

Daniel Sumner of the UC Agricultural Issues Center at UC Davis joins the show to discuss the contents of the bill and how it will affect farmers here in California.


Daniel Sumner is the director of the UC Agricultural Issues Center at UC Davis.

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