Farmers back Senate plan to cut direct subsidies

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  1. Submitted by Gail O'Hare on 06/13/2012 - 04:38 pm.

    How are recipients determined?

    I’ve read that tobacco growers still get crop insurance subsidies.

    http://farm.ewg.org/progdetail.php?fips=00000&progcode=tobacco

    The whole agri-business Leviathon needs close scrutiny. I don’t think we’re talking about grandpa’s truck farm. Government might have a stake in supporting certain crops and relatively smal but efficient farmers, but do we subsidize any other industry insurance?

  2. Submitted by Steve Titterud on 06/14/2012 - 09:48 am.

    from Environmental Working Group (http://static.ewg.org/pdf/2012cropinsurance.pdf):

    “A Minnesota farm business insuring corn and soybeans in eight counties received $1.7
    million in federal crop insurance subsidies.”

    You may talk about averages of this or that kind of subsidy all you want, but these averages are misleading. The benefits are not evenly distributed, as the EWG paper shows.

    We are subsidizing massive agricultural operations – yet another form of corporate welfare. These programs aren’t going to help any “small” farmer stay in business, if there even is such a thing anymore as a “small” farmer.

  3. Submitted by Rod Loper on 06/14/2012 - 12:32 pm.

    Look at the sugar industry

    here in Minnesota. They stiff the workers while enjoying a subsidy. Sadly, Klobuchar and Franken voted to support an extension of price supports without using the vote as leverage on the side of the
    locked out Crystal Sugar employees.

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