Campaigning in Ohio Saturday, GOP Vice-Presidential nominee Paul Ryan said President Barack Obama is running his re-election effort on small ideas, rather than the important issues facing the country. (Oct. 20)
John L: Last month, about 60 members of Congress wrote a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting the agency "make an immediate market injection and offer financial assistance" to help the U.S. dairy industry. One of the biggest beneficiaries of the government's largesse is berry farmers. The cranberry industry received almost one-third of the USDA's total spending last year on Section 32. After receiving $98.6 million in purchases last year, another $27.5 million worth of cranberry concentrate buys was announced this summer.