Top 12 Tweets About The 2012 Farm Bill

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Farm bills can be highly controversial by their nature and the subject of intense debate. So when news broke that the House Agriculture Committee had approved a five-year farm and nutrition bill by a vote of 35-11, there was instant public reaction — both good and bad — on social media. This was particulary true on Twitter, where #farmbill became a trending topic for the day.

House Republican leaders have shown little enthusiasm for taking up legislation that faces opposition from conservatives who say it is too expensive. Meanwhile, democrats don’t like the cuts in food stamps. The Farm Bill touches on so many different parts of society, from farming techniques to environmental quality, it’s no wonder so many Americans want to weigh in on it.

Because of this immense scrutiny, I decided to closely monitored what people were saying about the newly passed legislation on Twitter. Here are 12 of the most interesting tweets featuring #farmbill:

Sara Sciammacco | @EWGFoodNews
House Agriculture Committee moves farm and food policy backwards #farmbill


Rep David Schweikert | @RepDavid
Did you realize 80% of the #FarmBill is not ag at all? It’s #foodstamps. RT if you’re outraged. my oped here: bit.ly/NfXe4h


Gawain Kripke | @niawag2011
House Farm Bill would ‘literally take food away from hungry people.’ #farmbill #snap


Randy Neugebauer | @RandyNeugebauer
The #farmbill is complex, but this bill reduces spending and creates a strong safety net for ag producers: http://1.usa.gov/NrQ3Fv


Elizabeth | @eburnsthompson
Just read an article that described the #FarmBill as “political thorniness.” Interesting way to put it! #FARRM


APHA | @PublicHealth
Proposed cuts to nutrition programs covered by the farm bill are unacceptable & will shortchange children, APHA says: http://goo.gl/8xuZp


NSAC | @sustainableag
Well, @HouseAgNews passed their #farmbill out of committee late last night. NSAC’s take: some good, lots of bad.


FlashReport.Org | @FlashReport
This so-called “Farm Bill” is an egregious wealth redistribution scheme that should have no place being passed by a Republican Congress.


ESI | @eesionline
5-yr #FarmBill passed House Committee. New protection for farmers affected by weather/prices.


Farm to School | @FarmtoSchool
Yay! Ag Comm adopted an amendment to the draft farm bill that will authorize certain @FarmtoSchool programs. http://ow.ly/cblMv


Food Fight 2012 | @FoodFight2012
As House Agriculture Committee works to step backwards on #farmbill. Time to push #foodjustice forward in #farmbill. http://nyti.ms/NNmqge


Erik Wasson | @elwasson
Boehner compares element of #farmbill to Soviet planned economy. not good sign

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Hopkins is Senior Online Editor for the CropLife Media Group at Meister Media Worldwide.
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