Common Sense

$956 billion farm bill loaded with pork

Critics are crying foul over subsidies in the new farm bill. Subsidies such as:

$2 million for sheep production and marketing

$10 million for Christmas tree promotion

$170 million for catfish oversight

$119 million for peanut crop insurance

$100 million for organic food research

$150 million to promote farmers markets

$3.3 billion for a cotton income protection plan

$12 million for a "wool research and promotion" program

$100 million to promote the maple syrup industry

On average, the 949-page farm bill includes over $1 billion in spending per page

Source: CBO report

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