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Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reform its agriculture and/or food policy in the United States.
*Please note that the resolution wording has been slightly updated. Agricultural has been changed to agriculture to avoid any confusion.
For our 2022-23 season LFA students will be cultivating their understanding of agricultural and food policy in the United States. With the “Farm Bill” set to expire in 2023, congressional debates alone will furnish plenty of subject matter for research. This piece of legislation, first implemented under Roosevelt in the 1930’s to ensure “fair” prices for farmers during the Great Depression, covers topics such as commodities, conservation, credit, energy, forestry and crop insurance (among others). Are there items in this bill that are not agricultural or food policy? It’s debatable.
Opportunities exist to examine the intersection of policy and economic principles. With $428 billion earmarked for the current bill, do we find examples of crony capitalism? Do subsidies harmfully distort the market or are they net beneficial? Are there other unintended consequences that warrant substantial reform? Should our federal government even be involved in these areas? Thankfully for LFA participants, it’s all debatable.
However, there are more areas of debate than just the “Farm Bill.” Could California’s looming mega-drought bring up questions about water resource allocation for agriculture in the West? Are there pesticides or herbicides that should be banned? Are there banned chemicals useful for farming that should be made legal? Does the federal government need to change the way it deals with forest management? Does the FDA need reforming in its administration of food safety?
This is just a fraction of the fertile ground that can be plowed under this year’s resolution. No doubt we will find it fruitful as our election season ends and our students begin stumping for some new reforms.
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New This Fall!
The LFA is excited to announce that it will be running a hybrid platform of tournaments for the 2022/2023 season!
The LFA will host 6 tournaments that will be in addition to the regular league hosted tournaments. The LFA will provide an in-person tournament opener, 4 virtual tournaments and the Championship tournament.
The LFA will be posting the tournament schedule at the beginning of the school year and will post additional tournaments as they are announced. Schools wishing to host should submit their preferred dates as soon as possible as dates will fill up fast.
Please check the calendar or any updates.
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