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By Tom Fitton
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - United States Senate Committee On Agriculture, Nutrition And Forestry
Lawmakers said they made "great progress" toward reaching a farm bill deal in a meeting Wednesday morning as they push toward a final agreement that could be a year-end bright spot for an otherwise unproductive Congress.
Democrats angrily denounced a Republican-led effort to strip food stamp funding from the farm bill and vote on SNAP spending separately, with one even suggesting that biblical principles demand lawmakers provide the benefit.
The head of Smithfield Foods, the country's largest pork producer, told skeptical lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Wednesday that the proposed $4.7 billion sale of his Virginia-based company to a Chinese rival will create jobs and expand markets.
Chinese officials say they have recovered more than 900 dead pigs from a Shanghai river that serves as a water source for many residents.
The top leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October, a move that would head off a possible doubling of milk prices next month.
A five-year farm and food bill that would revamp the federal safety net for farmers and eliminate direct government payments for idle crop fields took its first step toward passage Thursday in the Senate.
A Senate proposal to end direct federal payments to farmers and replace it with a new subsidy program gambles that crop prices will remain at historically high levels, a tactic that could backfire and double its cost, some experts say.
As many across the heartland applauded the decision, some human-rights activists had harsh words for the Labor Departments withdrawal last week of a proposal for stricter labor standards for youth who work on the nations family farms.
The Senate has begun laying the groundwork for a half-trillion-dollar farm and food bill that would end unconditional subsidies to farmers, but House Republicans' resolve to cut its biggest component — food stamps — by $13 billion a year dims its prospects of passing Congress.
Where there is billowing, suffocating smoke, there generally is fire. The dark smoke of corruption is billowing around former Democratic senator, New Jersey governor, Goldman Sachs bigwig and MF Global Chairman and CEO Jon Corzine. A pall of suspicion has followed Corzine the Corrupt's career like flies at a summer barbecue.
A financial-exchange executive said Tuesday that he was told former Sen. Jon Corzine might have known that MF Global tapped clients' money to lend to a European affiliate of the firm.
Questioned by senators he once served with, Jon Corzine told a panel Tuesday that he never told anyone to "misuse" customer money that vanished when MF Global collapsed this fall.
Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry — with nowhere to go but up — is making an aggressive play to rise in Iowa by courting Christian evangelicals who could help revive his campaign.
Following the lead of rivals Ron Paul and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., GOP hopeful Mitt Romney said Tuesday he will not take part in billionaire Donald Trump's Dec. 27 debate.
A congressional panel has subpoenaed former Sen. Jon Corzine to testify next week about his role leading MF Global, a brokerage firm that collapsed this fall after a disastrous bet on European debt.