Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting http://wuis.org en Crop Insurance Programs Subject Of Intense Farm Bill Lobbying http://wuis.org/post/crop-insurance-programs-subject-intense-farm-bill-lobbying <p></p><p>After two years of debate, the U.S. Congress passed a Farm Bill this year that replaced direct subsidies to farmers with an ever increasing multi-billion dollar federal crop insurance program.</p><p>During that time, at least 80 groups spent more than $50 million in lobbying efforts that included ensuring their interests in the often criticized program were well-represented.</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 06:46:00 +0000 Pam Dempsey & Robert Holly 29546 at http://wuis.org Crop Insurance Programs Subject Of Intense Farm Bill Lobbying Government Shutdown Slows USDA http://wuis.org/post/government-shutdown-slows-usda <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture was forced to send home tens of thousands of employees because of Tuesday&rsquo;s government shutdown.</p><p>As a result, the agriculture department and its nearly two dozen agencies are operating at limited capacity &ndash; or not at all.</p><p>But even though important agencies such as the Farm Service Agency and the Risk Management Agency will be shut down almost entirely, agriculture officials said that Midwest farmers and producers won&rsquo;t be affected that much.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 16:18:12 +0000 Robert Holly/Midwest Center For Investigative Reporting 10200 at http://wuis.org Government Shutdown Slows USDA