From the Wall Street Journal, March 21, 2008 - BOUNTIFUL HARVEST - Farm Lobby Beats Back Assault On Subsidies
By LAUREN ETTER and GREG HITT, p. A-1
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• Tilling the Ground: As farm income is rising, Congress is finishing a bill that will provide farmers billions in subsidies.
• Sowing Seeds: Critics want major changes in the decades-old safety net. But they've seen powerful push-back from farmers and allies who say measures are needed to protect during cyclical downturns.
• The Harvest: Absent scaling back of support, farm subsidies will add to budget deficit and hinder trade talks.