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Wednesday 06/26/13

Vilsack: Outrage Needed Over Farm Bill
Farm and rural groups need to move from disappointment to outrage about the House's failure to pass a farm bill, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said here Tuesday in a speech to the National Rural Assembly, a gathering of diverse rural community activists from around the country.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:43AM CDT 06/26/13 by Jerry Hagstrom | Post a Comment
Comments (15)
Why should anyone be outraged? We have been shoveled hundreds fo thousands per year for doing nothing more than plant a crop we wouldve planted anyway. The crop insurance program is the biggest fraud in government lining the pockets of agents who work very little and guarantees wealthy farmers a profit. I hate the welfare programs but i collect more welfare than they do, in fact I will collect 60k in pp this year forddoing less than the welfare folks do. Vilsak is a clueless joker!
Posted by Bill Billson at 12:00PM CDT 06/26/13
How much will you recieve in direct payments Bill?
Posted by Aaron Cross at 1:13PM CDT 06/26/13
I do not participate individually in USDA programs because I do not want my friends to know the sick amount of welfare I receive. My wife each utilize a LLC and obtain approximately 38K each per year in DCP. Our crop insurance subsidy is a laughable 200k per year. Thanks for picking up the tab for my weath increases Mr. John Q. Taxpayer
Posted by Bill Billson at 1:45PM CDT 06/26/13
If it would make you feel better about the "welfare" you willing receive, you and/or your wife could opt out of the Farm Program and crop insurance participation. You do not have to participate. Nothing is stopping you from self-insuring your risk. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. The only clueless joker is the one you see in the mirror.
Posted by T JAMES DAVIS at 2:06PM CDT 06/26/13
Bill Billson has never seen a farm.
Posted by Cypt Frms at 4:39PM CDT 06/26/13
Vilsak is another clueless democrat oblivious to the economic carnage caused by government targeting the largest farmers with vastly superior income and investment guarantees. Annual lottery sized benefits for the largest farmers and less than food stamp benefits for the smaller farmers is outrageous. Federal crop insurance is a multibillion dollar financial wrecking ball responsible for driving hundreds of thousands if not millions of people from rural America due to the highly discriminatory allocation of benefits.
Posted by John Olson at 5:07PM CDT 06/26/13
Cypt Farms and T James are prime examples of the shamelessness of the modern farm
Posted by Unknown at 8:27PM CDT 06/26/13
Cypt Farms and T James are prime examples of the shamelessness of the modern farm
Posted by Unknown at 8:29PM CDT 06/26/13
I would rather be modern. I don't think anyone wants to go back to forty acres and a mule!
Posted by Cypt Frms at 8:57PM CDT 06/26/13
Placing a target on the backs of agriculture by referencing the Food and Jobs Act as Farm Bill is the primary cause of this failure. A false image of "welfare for farmers" only draws negative attention. Government can not create jobs, only refrain from preventing success of large and small industry by over taxation.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 6:02AM CDT 06/27/13
Marcia My thinking is that some day crop insurance is going to be the down fall of us all. Crop insurance makes farmers out of very poor so called farmers. Anyone can farm with insurance, only good managers can go it alone.I have crop insurance but only because we have been forced into it because of high cost. What i am saying is insurance has driven land cost and rent sky high (nothing to lose, anyone can do it).We farmed for thirty years without it, came though the droutht of 88 and several years of sub 2.00 corn and still was able to build the farm up. Don't these guys see what it has done to all our cost, everything has gone up because everyone is guaranteed not to fail, even guys who should not be farming.
Posted by Raymond Simpkins at 6:08AM CDT 06/27/13
Let's apply the idea of farmers need to insure themselves to the rest of America. Imagine the tens of billions we would have saved if we required those hit by Katrina and Sandy to have insured themselves.
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 8:36AM CDT 06/27/13
Great idea Craig for those with multimillion dollar homes. Perhaps the taxpayer should not have to replace these top end mansions.
Posted by John Olson at 10:11AM CDT 06/27/13
Hey unkown, man up and put your name on the debate.
Posted by Mark Knobloch at 12:35PM CDT 06/27/13
To unknown: I am a modern farmer that was a Fellow at the National Center For Food and Ag Policy in the 1980s. Ag Policy is dynamic and changing. Always has been and always will be. I am also a 12th generation farmer whose family came to this country in 1637 settling in Lynn MA. My family moved west on the Oregon Trail in 1847 with the westward expansion. They were pioneers and I am very grateful they survived their trek. I never forget what they accomplished to seek out new Ag frontiers. I have a great interest in Ag Policy as a farmer and as a family historical legacy. If you can't/won't identify yourself, your words are irrelevant to me. I wonder if you are even a farmer? I make no apology for being a "modern farmer". My family were always modern farmers.....that's why we are still farming.
Posted by T JAMES DAVIS at 12:59PM CDT 06/27/13
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