by Marion Nestle
Jan 29 2014
More on the politically corrupt farm bill, not yet passed
Brad Plumer, the WonkBlogger at the Washington Post did some homework on the farm bill based on cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office.
The grand total: $956.4 billion over 10 years.
Whether the total cuts (“savings”) from the previous bill amount to $16 billion (the CBO estimate) or $23 billion (the congressional estimate) depends on how they do the calculations, but all estimates agree that the big cuts over ten years come from three areas:
- Farm programs: -$18.4 billion
- Conservation: -$6.1 billion
- SNAP: -$8 billion
ProPolitico Morning Agriculture points out that President Obama’s speech last night did not mention the farm bill. Really, it’s too awful to talk about in public.