The world's farmers are being asked to feed a fast-growing world population. How will U.S. producers meet this daunting task and where do they fit into the global marketplace-a marketplace riddled with foreign subsidies and low standards?

A Growing Demand Draws Attention to Chinese Agriculture
Together, America's farmers make up an economic powerhouse. They are a cornerstone of this nation’s security and prosperity—an engine leading us toward an economic recovery—and yet, so often, their value is taken for granted or overlooked. But America's farmers are not just creating wealth here at home, they are buttressing the whole world — a fact that is not lost on the Chinese government.
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Guest Commentary: Farmers have responsibility to educate world
Tom Farms is responsible for the shipment of more than 30 million pounds of seed corn, 120 million pounds of corn and 13 million pounds of soybeans each year. We are what some might consider a large-scale factory farm, detached from Norman Rockwell's vision of what American agriculture once was. And in some ways, they're right. American agriculture has come a long way since the days of horse-drawn plows and pitchforks. We utilize precision farming now, using state-of-the-art GPS and planting mechanisms that allow us to farm at a greater capacity every day.
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Europe's Bitter Predicament
A Sept. 13 column by National Journal contributor, Jerry Hagstrom, described how an often-dismissed argument made by U.S. farmers in support of farm policies is actually playing out in Europe—a situation that Hagstrom calls a "cautionary tale" for Americans. The argument in question goes something like this: "If you like the way the United States has become dependent on foreign oil, you'll love being dependent on foreign food."
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The Power of Food
Give National Public Radio's (NPR) website editor credit for one of the most eye-catching headlines of the week: "Rising Food Prices Can Topple Governments, Too." The accompanying article describes how political unrest in some countries, including Egypt, has been fueled by "dramatic price hikes for basic foodstuffs, such as rice, cereals, cooking oil and sugar."
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Full-Time Family Farmer, Future Church Deacon Finds a Friend in High Places
Winthrop, Minn.—Roman Catholic deaconite candidate and full-time family farmer, Tim Dolan, woke up to some good news earlier this week: His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI highlighted the importance of agriculture.
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Self-Designated Subsidization
By far the world’s biggest sugar producer, Brazil has often been held up on the worldwide stage as a shining example of how governments should construct farm policies.
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Brazil's Unlevel Playing Field
In this summer's World Cup tournament, Brazil's team struck fear into the hearts of competitors because, on the playing field, it is dominant. Brazil similarly strikes fear into the hearts of competitors when it comes to agriculture. But its dominance in this area is the direct result of the unlevel playing field the country has been able to carve out for itself in the World Trade Organization.
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Foreign Assistance
U.S. farmers often face unfair attacks for receiving any assistance from a government safety net—never mind the fact that farm programs represent a mere 0.17 percent of the federal budget and enable this country to produce the world's safest and most affordable food supply.
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Exposing Brazil's 'Dirty Little Secret'
Brazil, the world's biggest agricultural superpower, has been under a lot of fire lately for the use of slave labor in the production of sugar and ethanol.
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World Hunger vs Editorial Boards
We know the facts: Worldwide, hunger is rising—more than one billion people are already suffering. The need for food worldwide is already growing at an astounding rate, and by 2050, experts estimate that need will double.
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Brazilian Agricultural Subsidies
For a country that is a leading exponent of agricultural trade liberalisation, Brazil certainly believes in protecting its farmers. What is remarkable is not only the scale of agricultural support but also that it mostly slips under the radar as Brazil, employing its self-designation as a developing country, can use the developing country exceptions built into the WTO to shield its agricultural support.
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U.S. Farmers Rank Low on Global Subsidy Scale
LUBBOCK, Texas—Compared to other major agricultural producers-both developed and developing countries-America ranks near the bottom of the subsidization and tariff scale, according to a global subsidy handbook compiled in April by Texas Tech University.
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Foreign Farming Headlines

  • UPI - Hunger is unacceptable, U.N. says
  • Financial Times - Farm investment: A domestic crop from fields in a foreign land
  • Japan Times - DPJ proposes expanding crop subsidy program
  • Fox Business - Farm aid should be a third of EU outlays -budget chief
  • The National - More than a billion go hungry, UN says
  • The Des Moines Register - U.S. farmers among least dependent on subsidies
  • Brownfield Ag News - Eu paid $70 billion in ag subsidies in 2009
  • AgriMarketing - Wheat groups say Canada-Columbia agreement puts U.S. market at risk
  • AgriMarketing -Argentine subsidy costing U.S. and other soybean farmers
  • Feed & Grain - Chinese feed group uses DDGS at near maximum levels

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