Hacking away at 2007 (Iraqi) farm bill


On May 8, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns took the Bush administration’s first formal step toward the 2007 farm bill.
The small move arrived in the form of a lengthy white paper titled Risk Management. It is the first of several “2007 farm bill theme papers,” the secretary will release in the run-up to the legislative debate.
The foundation-laying papers, explained Johanns, are “not to suggest policy but to inform and educate the public

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Alan Guebert was raised on an 800-acre, 100-cow southern Illinois dairy farm. After graduation from the University of Illinois in 1980, he served as a writer and editor at Professional Farmers of America, Successful Farming magazine and Farm Journal magazine. His syndicated agricultural column, The Farm and Food File, began in June, 1993, and now appears weekly in more than 70 publications throughout the U.S. and Canada. He and spouse Catherine, a social worker, have two adult children. farmandfoodfile.com