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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Fueling Global Prosperity

Fueling Global Prosperity

Worldwide Gains for Farmers Are in Reach

By Jake Caldwell, Center for American Progress

What if we could combat global warming, eliminate unfair trade barriers, and reduce global poverty with policies that could (simultaneously) lessen our country’s dependence on fossil fuels and lift the fortunes of farmers around the world? If that sounds too good to be true, it’s not.

In fact, the 110 Congress could vote key components of this multi-faceted strategy into law this year. Congress only needs to act.

Today, Secretary of Agriculture Michael Johanns testifies before the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee on the administration’s plan for the 2007 Farm Bill. The administration’s proposal is a modest first step, particularly in boosting biofuels research and reducing subsidies to the wealthiest corporate farm entities. But Congress must accept that there is much more work to be done.

The 2007 Farm Bill, which will come up for a vote later this year, will require the 110th Congress to make critical decisions on energy legislation and trade policy. The timing is right for Congress to seize this opportunity to make the investments needed to jumpstart and sustain a global agricultural economy driven by clean renewable energy, technological innovation, and fair and open markets at home and abroad.

The 2007 Farm Bill offers the United States a strategic opportunity to improve the competitiveness of our nation’s farmers. Unlike the Bush administration, the Center for American Progress is putting forward a proposal that moves agriculture, energy, and trade forward together in unison and better prepares our rural communities and the nation for the future by expanding our farm policy to more farmers...

You can Watch Jake Caldwell Discuss the 2007 Farm Bill (YouTube)

An executive summary and the full "Fueling a New Farm Economy" report can be found here:

Agree? Disagree? Post a comment here or contact John Crabtree,

Center for Rural Affairs
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  • At 12:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The Center for American Progress wants to phase out the ethanol tax credit? That'll kill the industry and everything that farmers have invested in.

  • At 12:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What? No way the Democrats would be that stupid. OK, they could, but come on

  • At 12:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    the Bush administration is negotiating with Brazil to create a "market" for ethanol throughout the America's (North and South). In those negotiations, the ethanol tax credit is an issue. I guess that is what the Center for American Progress is supporting. Odd that they would go out of their way to support a Bush proposal like that.


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