Lobbying the Farm Bill
The Farm Bill touches everything from crops to consumers and the massive piece of legislation spends nearly a trillion dollars over the next ten years. But how was it created?
With billions at stake, hundreds of companies and outside groups lobbied on issues related to the 2014 Farm Bill and fought for pieces of the landmark legislation.
It’s not just farmers and ranchers vying for their stake. Leaders in trade, finance, energy and transportation joined a long list of big business interests that are interested in the Farm Bill.
With vicious fights over everything from the leveling of funding for the food stamp program to farm subsidies to conservation measures, the drafting of the Farm Bill was fraught with roadblocks at every step. And a months-long investigation by Harvest Public Media and the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting found the nation’s food and fuel policy was besieged by an army of lobbyists representing interests of all kinds.