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  •  OH, and for your information... (0+ / 0-)

    ...the REASON I thought it was a bold statement is because farm subsidies have historically been considered sacrosanct in politics.  Anyone talking about reducing them usually gets a LOT of pushback.

    Not that you bothered to ask.

    Let there be balance in all things.

    by DawnG on Wed Sep 28, 2011 at 04:26:52 PM PDT

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    •  no need to ask, I operate a small farm (0+ / 0-)

      and know that I'm no where near the trough.

      The farm purchase program via the Farm Service Agency, defunded.
      Only relatively minor programs like RC&D and NRCS EQIP cost-sharing are available to small farmers.
      Meanwhile a "subsidy" can be moved from this pile to that pile, and like manure - it stinks.

      That we have a unhealthy food system, due to confinement farming, meddling in true good practices, pollution of the regulatory pool, gene pool, water, air and soil.
      Courtesy of the same folks who foster and pocket "subsidies", and act as major campaign contributors.

      Corn and soy will continue to make big money off of the upcoming Farm Bill.
      What's likely to end is most of the FSA and NRCS programs, including the season-extending high tunnel program.

      Official political line:
      "There has to be 'shared sacrifice', by both big and small operators."

      So I look to lose my one available program, and no doubt one program will be cut from Big Ag too.  
      Perhaps we'll no longer subsidize the price of agricultural feed corn.

      So every small chicken, beef, goat, or dairy farmer will get a $7 per bag of grain kick in the ass.  Organic milk will be priced at $5 per quart, ensuring Dean Foods® a competitive advantage.

      It's also a great way to have the cost of a fast food hamburger, or chicken nugget meal soar by 50%, and a great way for our Congressmen to "find a means to restore sanity to pricing", as poor families need to eat at fast food restaurants.

      These same subsidies are why we're a fat diabetic nation.
      NONE of that cash is available to small, specialty or diversified farmers, looking to put a healthy product to market, at less than a living wage.

      So your rank indignation?  Pen a letter to your Congressman.  I've plenty of indignation already, and I don't need yours.

      A man who stands for nothing, will fall for anything. ~ Malcolm X.

      by 43north on Wed Sep 28, 2011 at 05:38:58 PM PDT

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