Posts Tagged: LSP

As Senate Farm Bill Heads to Vote Next Week, Now’s the Time to Reform Crop Insurance

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By Adam Warthesen, Land Stewardship Project— Well, this is it. The Senate Ag Committee’s version of the 2012 Farm Bill is up for a floor vote the week of June 4, and boy does it need an overhaul before it’s finalized. The biggest area in need of reform is the massive giveaway of $95 billion… Read more »

Crop Insurance: A Safety Net Becomes a Threat

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When it comes to the crop insurance sweepstakes, southwest Minnesota farmer Darwyn Bach is a winner. But he concedes that his good fortune presents a quandary, since the way the program is implemented these days creates significant losers: the soil, beginning farmers and Main Street businesses that suffer when the number of families in a… Read more »

A Chance to Advance Urban Ag in Mpls. on Jan. 23

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By Anna Cioffi, Land Stewardship Project On Monday, Jan. 23, there will be a public hearing of the Minneapolis Planning Commission to discuss proposed draft changes to the zoning code as it pertains to urban agriculture. LSP supports the passage of these draft changes as a first step. However, there are still improvements that could… Read more »

Pro-Factory Farm Bills Killed

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By the time the 2010 session of the Minnesota Legislature convened Monday, proposals that would have weakened environmental standards for factory farms and undermined environmental review on the local level were dead. As a result of work on the part of members of LSP and other organizations, lawmakers got the message that factory farms already… Read more »

Ringing up a Healthier Food System

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As we’ve said in this blog before, a conversation with Ken Meter of the Crossroads Resource Center is always an enlightening experience. His economic analyses of food and farming systems here in Minnesota and across the country have provided some real eye-opening insights into just how dysfunctional our corn-bean-feedlot machine is. Most recently, he’s taken… Read more »