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How Will North Dakota’s Shafer Shape Farm Bill?

George Bush nominated former two-term North Dakota governor Ed Shafer to be the next Secretary of Agriculture. Shafer would land in his post (if confirmed by the Senate) in the middle of a tangled farm bill debate. The ever-useful FarmPolicy.com rounds up reports on the Shafer nomination. For example, Reuters reports that that, "Schafer would be…
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Sen. Harkin Says Farm Bill Could Violate WTO

The farm bill, as currently written, could violate the World Trade Agreement and will likely bring "a lot of challenges," says Senate Ag Committee Chair Tom Harkin of Iowa. Reuters reports that Harkin is looking to shift direct…
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