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Thursday 05/23/13

Current Sugar Policies Probably Save the Federal Budget
Arguments from senators to open up the U.S. sugar market were that Americans pay $14 billion more or so for food with sugar than if the U.S. didn't have such protectionist measures for U.S. sugar growers. Really, well what's the cost to health care for that cheaper sugar.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:25AM CDT 05/23/13 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (3)
WELL SAID !!!!!!!!!
Posted by Unknown at 9:11AM CDT 05/24/13
Chris - I understand your logic, but I don't think applying it to one farm commodity at a time is good policy. If your argument is extrapolated across the farm bill, then doesn't that imply that farm bill subsidies and support that cover risks for farmers and encourage production is the mother of all obesity. Basically your argument is that cheap food policy is causing obesity, but cheap food is the result of a safety net and blanket that makes farmers feel cozy enough to plant as much corn, soy and a few other commodities on any land they can get their planter on. I agree that the food system in this country and much of the globe is interconnected to health of humans and the natural capital we rely on to produce it. But it takes a lot of courage to stand up and say that farm policy is or will be the cause of obesity based on how we subsidize ag. I mean, I agree with you and it is perfectly logical, but those are fighting words.
Posted by Timothy Gieseke at 9:14AM CDT 05/24/13
Chris,,, your logic sounds socialist!!! Shouldn't the lobbyist with the most money be allowed to buy the government policy of his choice, that is what capitalism is all about!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 6:51AM CDT 05/25/13
 

Wednesday 05/22/13

Durbin Seeks Vote on Crop Insurance Means Testing
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin took to the floor Wednesday to advocate means testing and limits on the crop-insurance premium subsidy.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:27PM CDT 05/22/13 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (3)
After all the soil erosion we experienced with our 8.5 plus inches rain in April,conservation compliance must be linked to crop insurance eligibility. It's disheartening to see all the "recreation tillage".
Posted by W Lee Deutsche at 2:45PM CDT 05/23/13
For government to guarantee that the largest farmers can insure the greatest profitability for minimal cost is insane. Government is stealing from smaller farmers a fair and equal opportunituy to compete. Such schemes are vile, unAmerican, and malicious.
Posted by John Olson at 9:40PM CDT 05/24/13
I would be ok with the means test on crop insurance if they (the legislature's) would start with those on all food stamps and welfare first. That way they could show us the government is serious about saving money and cutting cost.
Posted by Ryan Siebenthal at 4:07PM CDT 05/27/13
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