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Monday 02/18/13

Despite Sequestration, USDA Announces New CRP Signup
While appearing to wreak havoc on USDA's ability to provide a number of services, the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration coming in March won't prevent USDA from holding a new enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:58AM CST 02/18/13 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (6)
Wow! Look at how strong the hunting lobby is. One thing is for sure they are united and strong. If these groups were truly about ducks, pheasants or geese they woundn't be promoting shooting them. Licenses are issued for population control meaning they are over populated. Instead of promoting drainage and irrigation that would lessen future disasters this is what they come up with; SUBSIDIZED RECREATIONAL HUNTING! Now the ag buget has become the US Fish and Wildlife budget along with other non-profit hunting groups budget. I thought they had there own budget, what happened?
Posted by Young Farmer at 8:16PM CST 02/18/13
Let's pull the plug on all ag programs including crop insurance and ethanol quotas-subsidies. Let the chips fall where they may.
Posted by gregory schimkat at 8:41PM CST 02/18/13
Excellent point, Young Farmer. Not that I disagree in general, Gregory, just a point- Pull the plug on ag-programs and 80% of the Food Bill will remain intact. Consequently the tax payer would be supplementing food to millions of people without a food safety program. The savings would not even offset the proposed increase in government spending. Sequestration will not amount to a drop in a growing rain barrel.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 6:17AM CST 02/19/13
Young Farmer,you better wake up and realize not all land is to be farmed.If we don't take care of our water and land ourselves we won't be farming it in the future.I live and farm in the Lake Erie watershed and this nitrate runoff issue is just starting.This is the where CRP has it's place,we have several acres in use and it is there for conservation not hunting.You guys that think you need to farm fencerow to fencerow will someday see that some land, GOD did not intend to farm.When we are back to 3.50 -4.00 corn the goverment programs will look very good to you.
Posted by Raymond Simpkins at 6:52AM CST 02/19/13
Why is this released at a Pheasant Fest and Qual Classic then? I have no doubt it has some places but when I see cropland taken out of production when it can be used to feed and fuel the world and stabalize the new industries that as taxpayers we have invested in. We have the tech to bring this land into production with new drainage systems, notill and low use irrigation. I don't see any programs out there promoting a systematic approach. Don't forget the wildlife is also eating our crops in which I don't have a problem with if we can make our cropland the best it can be. It's all about a total systems approach.
Posted by Young Farmer at 7:43AM CST 02/19/13
If all cropland was put back into production how long do you think it would take to be back to 2.00 corn? Not long, then where would you be? Cheap feed and food mean very low prices for crops.Land prices these days don't leave room for low crop prices.
Posted by Raymond Simpkins at 10:43AM CST 02/19/13
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