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Wednesday 01/02/13

Some Farm Bill Extension Details Emerge
More details came out today regarding some specific provisions in the farm-bill extension language that was part of the tax bill approved earlier this week by Congress. The bill extends most farm programs through Sept. 30, 2013, giving lawmakers nine months to get a new bill moved.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:41PM CST 01/02/13 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (8)
What about EQIP and CSP conservation programs?
Posted by bob corio at 5:23PM CST 01/02/13
Congress needs to be prohibited from engaging in the selective agricultural investment and profit guaranteeing business. Their sorry record of targeting select farmers with highly discriminatory multimillion dollar investment/profit guaranteeing policies has destroyed countless rural communities by neutering the ability of smaller farmers to compete. To guarantee that the largest and obviously potentially most profitable business always will have a vastly superior incomes renders the smaller farmers incapable of competing in this highly competitive business. If congress is going to be involved in the safety net business all farmers are equally deserving of comparably valued safety nets.
Posted by Lon Truly at 7:28PM CST 01/02/13
I wonder if this Food Bill extension is actually a symptom of the EWG, PCA, EPA, HSUS or the failure of communication within the food production industry. There are a lot more tree huggers and goat kissers than there are food producers.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 12:36PM CST 01/03/13
I actually prefer "Goat Hugging" and "Tree Kissing"...it's MUCH less messy.
Posted by Ric Ohge at 9:27AM CST 01/04/13
If congress does not provide a safety net for farmers and ranchers then our food prices will rise drastically. Farming and ranching is probably the highest risk business you can be involved in. You are dependent on mother nature and no one can predict long term what she is going to do. I for one do not have a problem of congress providing risk protection for our farmers and ranchers because I don't want to see our food prices rise like they have in other parts of the world.
Posted by Phillip Stewart at 10:36AM CST 01/07/13
Good one Ric
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 9:51AM CST 01/11/13
I'll take that one step further, Phillip. We know, as it's often repeated, the old Reagan sound-bite about "Trickle Down" Economics. [Klaxon Sounds] Wrong. A healthy American Farmscape begins a flow of Revenue/Resource up and out. The more sources for same, the better. It's safe to say every other enterprise on the planet ultimately has it's roots in the Farm. Farmers must ALWAYS prosper, and the more-the merrier. The shrinkage of numbers and types of Farms in the advent of the Industrial Model has slowed that important flow down precipitously. Where does the "Big Boys" of Wall Street, The Military Industrial Complex, Big Industry and Banking think the money comes from. It doesn't grow on trees-right? [Klaxon Sounds] Wrong, again! IT grows on trees, stalks, bushes and from furrows, where it converges with that created out of ores, metals and fuel, etc. etc. We got lost in the Petro Dollar folks, but the Economy of the new Century is becoming and needs to be Resource based, the base and Primary Source being-yep, you guessed it. FARMING. When you see China "prepping" and hear Evelyn de Rothschild go Medieval on the antics of Wall Street and the Banksters, you have to know things are due for some shaking. It's time the Farmers once again become the "Movers and Shakers". They started this "American Experiment", it's time for them to bring it all home.
Posted by Ric Ohge at 10:03AM CST 01/11/13
Thanks, Bonnie...I doubt we'll ever see eye to eye on everything[Icicles in Perdition?], but I always see clear thinking and good humor in whatever you say, and when comes down to the real important stuff, I think we both SEE it, believe it and stand up for it. [Maybe we should write a point-counterpoint type of Column together...it would be fractious, snarky, fact-filled, fun-filled and NEVER boring. Send me your thoughts. R Andrew Ohge drrexdexter@gmail.com
Posted by Ric Ohge at 10:07AM CST 01/11/13
 

Tuesday 01/01/13

House Sends Tax Bill and Farm Bill Extension to President
Though lawmakers missed a self-imposed deadline, the legislation approved by the House 257-167 late Tuesday and 89-8 by the Senate earlier in the day would avoid raising income taxes on 98% of the country. The bill, if approved by the House, also prevents the permanent farm law from going into effect, thus avoiding the possibility of soaring dairy prices.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:26PM CST 01/01/13 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (7)
Congress needs to be prohibited from engaging in the selective agricultural investment and profit guaranteeing business. Their sorry record of targeting select farmers with highly discriminatory multimillion dollar investment/profit guaranteeing policies has destroyed countless rural communities by neutering the ability of smaller farmers to compete. To guarantee that the largest and obviously potentially most profitable business always will have a vastly superior incomes renders the smaller farmers incapable of competing in this highly competitive business. If congress is going to be involved in the safety net business all farmers are equally deserving of comparably valued safety nets.
Posted by Lon Truly at 10:29PM CST 01/01/13
Lon, you totally missed the subject matter of the article. Do you have any contributions to taxes or do you only repeat a single paragraph?
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 5:03AM CST 01/02/13
Still waiting for Chris or Marcia to have the guts to address the chrony capitalist aspects of the federal government targeting the wealthiest and largest with overwhelmingly superior financial benefits. It appears that I am wasting my time. Santa Claus knows best where to target the greatest guarantees of perpetual wealth.
Posted by Lon Truly at 7:37AM CST 01/02/13
And the author forgot to mention the loss of disaster aid for us livestock producers as a result of the drought. So the current farm bill was not extended but modified. Thank you to senator McConnell, the people of Kentucky should be so proud.
Posted by bob corio at 9:05AM CST 01/02/13
Livestock producers have the habit of voting the wrong way. The Chicago way dictates who gets targeted with the largest government farm program benefits.
Posted by Lon Truly at 12:09PM CST 01/02/13
(1) It IS better than nothing at all. (2) This should be only a timely lull for Congress to get back to work on ALL the factors in it, including a new Farm Bill, as this is a Band-Aid, NOT a true cure. (3) As this is Washington Business as usual, we should recognize that it will have riders, attachments, etc. we'll scarce;y understand until the Bills for them come due. (4) I kept saying it was time to "Drain The Swamp". No one did. This happened. Who should we blame. (5) Now, it IS time to drain the swamp.
Posted by Ric Ohge at 12:17PM CST 01/02/13
I have a net worth approaching 10 million due to extremely high corn prices and generous crop insurance so why am I going to get another 40000 in DCP this year? How embarrassing is this wasteful program? I ak guaranteed a profit via crop insurance and am given a dcp gift that is more than the average wage paid in my town. WOW!!!
Posted by Bill Billson at 1:20PM CST 01/02/13
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