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AEI schedules farm bill briefings

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. and two longtime critics of farm policy, Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Ron Kind, D-Wis., are scheduled to lead off a week-long American Enterprise Institute series of briefings on Capitol Hill next week to release original research AEI has commissioned on the 2012 farm bill.

The project, entitled "American Boondoggle: Fixing the 2012 Farm Bill," is under the direction of Vincent Smith, a professor at Montana State University, AEI said in a news release. Each event will feature a presentation critical of current farm policy. Registration is available on the [AEI website.](

Tuesday, July 12

"Subsidy Myths Survive Decades After the Depression"
12:30 p.m. luncheon, Rayburn House Office Building B-338
Speakers: Blumenauer, Kind and Ryan
Panelists: Barry Goodwin of North Carolina State University, Smith and Daniel Sumner of the University of California – Davis.

Wednesday, July 13

"The Shucking Truth About Ethanol and Title I"
8:30 a.m., Rayburn House Office Building B-338
Panelists: Christopher Knittel of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bruce Babcock of Iowa State University, Robert Dinneen of the Renewable Fuels Association and Tom Sell of Combest, Sell & Associates.

"Conservation, Trade Policies Hit Poorest in the World"
2 p.m., AEI, Tenth Floor 1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington
Panelists: Tomislav Vukina of North Carolina State University, Daniel Sumner, and Sallie James of the Cato Institute

Thursday, July 14

"The Broken System of Crop Insurance and Disaster Aid"
11:45 a.m., U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, SVC 203-02
Panelists: Smith, Miles Watts of Montana State University and Bob Young of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Friday, July 15

"Subsidy Funds Could Grow Ag R&D"
8:45 a.m. breakfast, AEI, Tenth Floor 1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W.
Panelist; Philip G. Pardey of the University of Minnesota

"Not So Sweet: Sugar, Milk Programs are Sour for Families"
12:30 p.m., luncheon, US Capitol, Visitors Center, Congressional Meeting Room South
Panelists: Gary Brester of Montana State University, Joseph Balagtas of Purdue University, Sumner, Jack Roney of the American Sugar Alliance.