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It looks like this year’s farm bill will be even more atrocious than normal.

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  • joe from Lowell

    What are the chances of a 1% argument, emphasizing the DOA’s orientation towards big, corporate operations, catching on with ordinary farmers?

    That’s the only way I can see changing business as usual.

    • I don’t think it would work because in the end, those farm state politicians care way, way more about this than anyone else.

      • Hogan

        Which is why it would be really good to stop thinking of it as a farm bill and start thinking of it as a food bill. It’s like treating the transportation bill as an auto industry bill.

        • BradP

          Get with program, Hogan. Corporate handouts are much easier when you can pretend you are giving them to a person.

    • BradP

      What are the chances of a 1% argument, emphasizing the DOA’s orientation towards big, corporate operations, catching on with ordinary farmers?

      I grew up on a small, family-owned, centennial farm in Southern Illinois, and I do believe they are well aware of where government money goes.

      It will not change business as usual as you will never get anybody to give a crap about rural, small-town, agriculture.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, the actual family farmers would love the farm bill to even the playing field with big Agri, but there numbers are so small no one in power cares except to pretend they are helping the faily farmers.

        • joe from Lowell

          the faily farmers.

          So mean!

      • tompkins

        In New York, which is mostly dairy and corn subsidies, 65% of the money goes to 10% of the “farms.” The bottom 80% of farms receive on average $700.

        The dairy farmers I know are not likely to get involved in fighting for a fairer distribution of government money.

    • DrDick

      As Erik points out, farm state legislators know which side their campaign contributions are buttered on. This will not change unless we can eliminate all private money from the political process and go entirely to publicly funded elections.

      • joe from Lowell

        But what about numbers? There have to be significant number of votes from actual farmers.

        And from my experience at New England town meetings, they wield influence beyond their numbers if they act as a group.

        • DrDick

          We get to vote for our choice from among the people that the money boys have pre-approved. That does not always work in the House elections, where it is cheaper to campaign, but you have to be able to raise a lot of money to even start a campaign.

  • c u n d gulag

    And this is news in exactly what way?

    Big Agra, Big Pharma/Health/Medical, and Big Military, get pretty much whatever they want – and have for a very, very long time.

  • Publis

    At least it doesn’t include a directed finding that the FDA rule non-veterinary antibiotic use not a health risk?

    I mean, I’m grasping at straws here but there is that.

  • Sev

    Surely with an election coming we need more ethanol. And yet there should be room for some savings, too, since Obama will not want to be known as the Food Stamp President.

    • c u n d gulag

      Don’t worry – “Baby Doc” Bush will be forever remembered for attacking the wrong country, and creating a “Food Stamp” economy – except for the top of the 1%, that is.

      We’re constantly reminded by Conservatives how hand-outs like Food Stamps and Welfare lower peoples dignity.

      There must a lot of people on Wall Street with an almost indistinguishable level of dignity.

      Oh, that’s right – Corporate Welfare IS OK!
      My bad…

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