|Portland poised as leader in improving local food economy|
Bangor Daily News - 3/19/2015. By Kathleen Pierce - An economics professor, Michael Hillard, at the University of Southern Maine led a daylong conference Monday titled “Scaling up to Local,” which examined ways Maine farmers, fresh-food purveyors, politicians and institutions can work together to strengthen this system.
|VIEW FROM AWAY: A costly farm bill|
The Washington Post - 3/18/2015. Remember how backers of the 2014 farm bill promised that it would reform costly and wasteful agriculture subsidies and save taxpayers money? And remember how the critics of the bill said it was basically a scheme to repackage and perpetuate the old system, potentially at a higher cost? Well, it turns out that the critics were right, according to the first comprehensive estimate of the bill’s impact.