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  •  how about... (none)
    farm subsidies including milk price supports and paying farmers to leave land fallow?  NEA?  Public Broadcasting?
    •  asdf (none)
      We find out the nat gas industry has been ripping off the US public that owns the land it uses, and you suggest cutting Public broadcasting and the NEA?  What have you got against Ira Glass?
      I do not want Public Broadcasting cut.
    •  Leaving land fallow (none)
      was originally a conservation measure. It is intended to allow the land time to 'rest' so it doesn't lose all productive capacity and also to reduce erosion that results from plowing every scrap of arable land. Also provides habitat.

      I'll agree that paying mega-farms to do so may constitute pork.

      "Help us to save free conscience from the paw -- Of hireling wolves whose gospel is their maw." --John Milton

      by ohiolibrarian on Tue Jan 24, 2006 at 01:05:25 PM PST

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      •  what would be... (none)
        the farm size or income cut-off for farm subsidies?
      •  that may have been the original reason (none)
        today it's they are just handouts to factory farmers and help put the pinch on family farms (what's left of them anyway).

        If you ask me, factory farms should be regulated (dirty word, I know) into allowing land to rest, and they should get nothing for it--it's part of the cost of doing business. If they don't like it, there are other businesses they can go into.

    •  Unwanted milk support, too (none)
      The dairy industry lobby was itself against the extension of the Milk Income Loss Credit (MILC) subsidies. It was cut out of the House version of the budget, but it was included in the Senate version -- Hastert had promised to make sure it got put back in.

      When the primary national industry trade groups oppose a subsidy, but certain legislators can't bear to let it expire... well, smells like pork to me.

      (Disclaimer: I do not know enough about the agriculture-related subsidy programs to make a real determination as to which are good programs and which aren't - but I suspect most of them could use a good re-evaluation as to usefulness in promoting sound market and industry practices nationwide.)

      "Everyone is entitled to an opinion... What most people fail to realise is that they are not entitled to have that opinion taken seriously." --Adam Tinworth

      by JanetT in MD on Tue Jan 24, 2006 at 04:58:08 PM PST

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