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Thursday 12/13/12

Time Slipping Away for Farm Bill Deal
Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota added to the calls of lawmakers pushing for a new farm bill to be completed before Congress adjourns. Yet, a Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee called the idea of attaching the farm bill to a bill resolving the looming tax and budget issues a "Hail Mary."[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:15PM CST 12/13/12 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (3)
Perhaps congress is being highly irresponsible by granting a few high rollers annual million dollar insurance subsidies in addition to multimillion investment/profit guarantees. It is truly pathetic the many beginning and smaller farmers being denied opportunities to farm by congress recklessly targeting the greediest and largest with the most insurance benefits.
Posted by Lon Truly at 5:55PM CST 12/13/12
"If you ARE a 'Big Fish' or WANT to be a 'Big Fish', then you must always keep your self surrounded by a steady supply of 'Little Fish', otherwise, you will STARVE." The "Trickle Down Economy" was a Myth perpetuated by repeating a soundbite. Revenue, like Cream, always rises, and if not readily produced by the efforts of Small, Strong Farms and Businesses, you end with an Economy reminiscent of the current state of the Mississippi River.
Posted by Ric Ohge at 10:04AM CST 12/14/12
What we're likely to see first is the Omnibus Bill passed to "save us from the Fiscal Cliff". notably this has the infamous "Monsanto Rider" on it, that was pulled from the Senate Version of the Farm Bill earlier this year. For the largest Industrial Farmers, and of course for Biotech Companies, this rider allows deployment of new products without testing being completed by the FDA-just in time for Spring. Lot's of opportunity for "the right kind of Farms," and an opportunity for the rest of us to observe, that what is sown, may not be exactly what we'll reap.
Posted by Ric Ohge at 9:49AM CST 12/17/12
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