Too little long-term planning and extraneous debates
Other laws or regulations that were reportedly at least proposed to be part of any farm bill discussion included the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
Of course, the big target by the activists has been to get rid of the genetically modified organism (GMO) rider that keeps farmers from being penalized for planting approved GMO crops when the activists get the courts to consider banning the approved GMO crops. This is the activist-termed “Monsanto Protection Act.”
Limiting the extraneous debates are impossible. In my way of thinking, there is no doubt that rural members of Congress have less power than ever to force legislation through, and less attention is being paid to what agribusiness, farmers and ranchers want.
- How much corn can the ethanol industry use?
- Economist: Taxing P could reduce risk of algal blooms
- Commentary: Government wants farmers to quit farming
- What is the relationship between maturity group, yield?
- Commentary: Ambulance-chaser lawyers take on Syngenta
- Berman: Camouflaged activists threaten agriculture