by Daren Bakst
The Heritage Foundation
June 12, 2014
Agriculture spending decisions are about more than just numbers; they reflect policy preferences. Congress should assert its lawmaking and spending powers to control expenditures and to formulate sound policy. It can repeal problematic programs, eliminate or reduce funding, and place conditions on funding to stop the improper implementation of law. Many programs should be on the congressional radar screen, from the hijacking of the Dietary Guidelines for environmental ends to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s costly and duplicative catfish inspection program.

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