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Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor

Wednesday 08/08/12

President Obama: Congress Needs to Pass the Farm Bill
In Washington, President Obama weighed in Tuesday as well, in citing what the administration is doing to respond to the drought. Obama said of the USDA's efforts, "This has been an all-hands-on-deck response.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:05AM CDT 08/08/12 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (3)
We don't need ThIs Farm Bill, which is pretty much "Obama-Care" For Industrial/Corporate/Bio-Tech Farming, with little for our growing jobless and families, Small Communities, and Small to Medium Legacy/Family Farmers. Maybe, at the very least, SNAP will get some money back as some of the disenfranchised smaller Farmers need it to make it until next harvest, and the Sugar Subsidy will finally be "deep-sixed" since there won't be much cheap HFCS around. So far this summer, Washington has spoken in generalizations about relief for Farmers and Livestock Producers, and while the President spoke about allocations, most Family Farmers aren't seeing much relief, nor are their Livestock getting the much needed forage they've been in need of for several weeks. And all the folks "standing around" in DC want to get re-elected in November. If that happens, America is more asleep than I thought.
Posted by Ric Ohge at 11:57AM CDT 08/08/12
So obama, are they cutting canary grass on Federal lands by hand to carry over the shoulder to where feed is needed? Maybe the best answer to this is no action.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 8:48PM CDT 08/08/12
30 million sounds big but when applied to losses will be yet another short funds day for livestock producers. What guys really need is money to suPplement buying of outrageous grain prices. Farmers need a method to get a price that can cover some of the extra costs. This drought is really bad but in the end maybe it will refocus our efforts on food being important and an ag industry that supports food production and biofuels. The sole support of just biofuel over last 7 years has nearly gutted livestock producers. We need ways to be be competitive with fuel or we face extinction. Many producers were already hurting before drought and this extreme situation will have some lasting effects.
Posted by Frank Thomas at 7:54AM CDT 08/14/12
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