Farms occupy more than two-thirds of the British countryside. A Year on the Farm reveals the secret world of four UK farms fighting for their way of life.
Runtime: 60 minutes
A Year on the Farm - United States farm bill - Netflix
In the United States, the farm bill is the primary agricultural and food policy tool of the federal government. The comprehensive omnibus bill is renewed every 5 years or so and deals with both agriculture and all other affairs under the purview of the United States Department of Agriculture. It usually makes amendments and suspensions to provisions of permanent law, reauthorizes, amends, or repeals provisions of preceding temporary agricultural acts, and puts forth new policy provisions for a limited time into the future. Beginning in 1933, farm bills have included titles on commodity programs, trade, rural development, farm credit, conservation, agricultural research, food and nutrition programs, marketing, etc. Farm bills can be highly controversial and can impact international trade, environmental conservation, food safety, and the well-being of rural communities. The bill gets urban support because most of the funding goes to food subsidies for poor people, which liberals support and conservatives want to restrict. The current farm bill, the Agricultural Act of 2014, funds farm programs through 2018. On May 18th, 2018 the $867 billion farm bill failed in the House of Representatives with a vote of 198 yea to 213 nay. All Democrats and 30 Republicans voted against the measure. Republican opposition came largely from the Freedom Caucus who had concerns due to immigration concerns. Jim Jordan, a Freedom Caucus member said “My main focus was making sure we do immigration policy right.” He refers to proposals to liberalize immigration policy that he wants Speaker Ryan to block. Democratic opposition was largely due to the proposed changes to the attached food stamps program that would impose work requirements.
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