Obama signed the Farm Bill into law.
This $956 billion bill will set the course of U.S. food policy for the next half-decade. The old farm bill expired in 2012, and its replacement is 959 pages long, costing some $956.4 billion over 10 years.
The chart below is courtesy of the WaPo.
This bill includes such goodies as:
— $3 million plan for Christmas tree taxes (15 cent levy per tree)
–$100 million will go to study how to get Americans to buy more maple syrup
–$1 million will buy weather radios for rural Americans
–$15 million ‘wool trust fund’
–$170 million program to protect catfish growers from overseas competition
But most of that money goes to food-stamp and nutrition programs, which are administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The 10-year spending total for those entitlements will hit $756 billion under the new law.
Your tax dollars at work.