Demand for ‘alternatively raised meat’ seems like an opportunity for farmers in the Midwest. But it’s not a booming industry in the region just yet. Plus, an update on the effort to bring broadband internet to rural areas of Missouri.
Phillip Brasher, reporter for the Des Moines Register, reports that the failure of the congressional super committee to come up with a plan to reduce the federal budget deficit throws in doubt the future of federal crop subsidies after next year.
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Far too many tax dollars are going directly into the pockets of private crop insurers, according to a new report from a noted economist who helped design the government’s initial revenue crop insurance program in the 1990s.
Politicians aren't the only ones taking aim at farm subsidies these days. Some public health groups and foodies say subsidies drive overproduction of corn and soybeans. And that, they say, enables the production of cheap fast food.
This week: corn production is way down this year, and it’s affecting the prices of other commodities, too. Plus, an update on the special session of the state legislature, and the state’s credit rating.