Farm Bill Appeals To Sprawl Foes

A farm bill has brought together two unlikely groups -- small farmers and environmentalists fighting sprawl.
January 8, 2002, 9am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"The unusual alliance hinges on a version of the bill that provides more money for small farmers to resist the temptation to sell their land to developers. Some farmers and environmentalists see expansion of the farmland conservation program as a way to support New England agriculture and preserve open space in the process.Lawmakers were unable to agree on an aid package before their Christmas break, in part because farming conglomerates in the Midwest and South don't want any funding diverted from traditional subsidies that help producers of corn, wheat, rice, and cotton."

Thanks to Anthony Flint

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Published on Monday, January 7, 2002 in The Boston Globe
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