Bryce Oates

Contributing Editor (Rural Community Organizing)

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Farm Bill
May 26, 2024

House Ag Committee Passes Farm Bill Draft Protecting Key Republican Priorities

After hours of contentious debate over nutrition, conservation, the definition of “cuts” and the meaning of “bipartisanship,” the Republican-led committee passed a bill that crossed several of Democrats’ “red lines”

Inside the Farm Bill
May 16, 2024

Partisan Clash or ‘Grand Bargain’? Dueling Proposals Set the Stage for the Farm Bill’s Uncertain Future

Lawmakers in both chambers of Congress appeal for support for their vision of the farm bill, yet a deep impasse looms ahead of an expected May 23 markup in the House

Inside the Farm Bill
April 15, 2024

Conservation Programs Are Popular with Farmers. Why Does the G.O.P. Want to Defund Them?

Republicans are targeting Inflation Reduction Act climate funding that mostly benefits red state farmers

Agriculture
April 4, 2024

Democrats Are Missing a Key Moment to Back Farmworkers

Despite a lack of evidence, Republicans in the House claim that high farmworker wages are causing farmers to go broke. Democrats should stand up for farmworkers and set the record straight.

Inside the Farm Bill
February 12, 2024

The Debate Holding Up the Farm Bill is Simple. Solving It Isn’t.

How the farm safety net feeds Big Ag’s insatiable appetite

Inside the Farm Bill
January 10, 2024

Will Congress Do Its Job and Pass a Farm Bill This Year?

More than a trillion dollars are at stake for vital food, farm, conservation and rural development spending programs in 2024