Friday, April 19, 2002

Pig Farmer Pork

Impossible though it may sound, the agricultural bill for this year is getting even worse. Subsidies for cotton growers are now estimated at $3 billion this year; the corn growers will likely be getting $3.5 billion. The bill will also revive the payment of food stamps to non-citizens and ban the shocking practice of meatpackers owning cattle and hogs. No vertical integration for your industry, Mr. Hormel. Fans of this monumental waste can thank Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota.

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