Cover Story | If Republicans in Congress have been playing a ball-control style
of offense this year (see main story), then they were thrown for a
loss, and perhaps even fumbled, on at least one play: agriculture
reform. One of the GOP's most noteworthy achievements since gaining
control of Congress in 1995 is the Freedom to Farm Act of 1996.
Under this law, Washington ended federal restraints on what and how
much farmers could produce and pledged to phase out, over several
years, price supports for