Save Ag Spending
Patricia Staub 02/16/2011 @ 8:58am
Food is part of national security. I find it odd that the Gov doesn't promote farm ownership and production but manages to squander untold billions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Let's see who gets elected when people in the US start spending 50% of income on food like in other countries. Also, the Farm Program income cap on farmer income should not include income from land sales - which farmers may use to subsidize a poor crop year or improve on-farm storage. But, since it does, I believe that many more farmers will go out of business when they experience crop failure - especially w these high crop prices. That will lead to bigger and better managed farms leading to few farmers and higher food prices not just in US but in world promoting instability and political unrest. Many farms will be owned by speculators with no thought about long-term consequences of agronomic decisions. Politicians in general, don't realize that there is actual risk in growing crops - they think they can control everything. So, take away the subsidies because a farmer needed to sell land this year. I don't really care - because I will be ready to buy when prices drop; and there won't be commodity price lowering then, because China and the world still needs to eat. It will be somewhat refreshing not to have Uncle Sam breathing down our throats for a few dollars of spending money. Farmer income of $750,000 is nothing when it comes to buying imputs or surviving crop failure. Finally USDA doesn't control our income based on manipulative and inaccurate "crop reports" and "subsidies" because its a world market. Get out of our way, USDA - here we come!!!!!!!!!!
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