Our Hungry Planet: Going solo in the global market

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Way to F'in go. Hurray for the giterdone Farmer. He deserves it!

posted by geealready on Dec. 4, 08 at 10:45 PM | 
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Carrying out the American dream.

posted by Mooja on Dec. 4, 08 at 11:16 PM | 
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Let's withhold the accolades. This farmer has been living off the tax payer feed trough for a long time, to the tune of almost $770,000 in the period reported 1995-2006. The EWG data base contains federal crop subsidies for everybody in the country. The link to Blue Earth county and the Knewtson Seed Company is here: http://farm.ewg.org/farm/addrsearch.php?s=yup&stab=MN&mailfips=27013&city=good+thunder&c=See+Recipients&zip=&last=&first=&fullname=

posted by pdwythe on Dec. 4, 08 at 11:51 PM | 
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you lost ten thousand dollars in 99 and 00,you were subsidized to the tune of 253,666 dollars in government commodity payments for those two years. You are still ahead 233,666 dollars.

posted by jboseck1 on Dec. 5, 08 at 4:04 AM | 
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has received 525,523 dollars to not farm from 95 to 06, all conservation subsidies of between 39 to 69 thousand dollars a year.

posted by jboseck1 on Dec. 5, 08 at 4:20 AM | 
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know what hugoson calls his farming operation or where he farms?

posted by jboseck1 on Dec. 5, 08 at 4:25 AM | 
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"thanks in part to record prices for soybeans" While prices have been at all time highs, they have come back down a bit. Furthermore, the benefit those 'record prices' were largely washed away by diesel fuel that was well over $4 a gallon. The reporter fails to provide that context.

posted by zelbir1000 on Dec. 5, 08 at 5:50 AM | 
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hugoson got in subsidy welfare over the years? Granada

posted by jboseck1 on Dec. 5, 08 at 6:09 AM | 
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I know hundreds of farmers and have yet to meet one who is happy to cooperate with the Gov. That's not to say they aren't thankful. 8 years ago when corn prices fell below 1.65 a bushel, most farmers would have gone out of business without the Gov. Consequently, most rural economies would have followed. Farming is a different industry. Most of what we consume originates from a farm. The new farm bill will provide fewer subsidies to farmers and lowers payment limits for what they may be eligible to receive from the gov. The EWG website is a nice tool to raise awareness but just once I would like those people who run that site, calculate the cost of growing our food supply and insert that dollar value next to the Gov subsidy value. I personally think people who enjoy the ability to eat would benefit from getting both sides of the story for a change.

posted by tomh2003 on Dec. 5, 08 at 6:35 AM | 
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Good for Wayne Knewtson's project to sell directly to overseas markets. Yet in real life this is a hobby, like someone’s fishing. Yes fun to do and puts food on the table, but if you add up all the real costs + time I would pay a lot more $ to the pound for the walleye then if I purchased at Byerlys. Still we all should have a hobby or two, but just think of the chaos in the food world if all farmers went to trade show in Tokyo to sell their soybeans. Also GMO's and non-GMO grain, would they have separate trade shows? Who books the vessel for the 100,00 ton shipment to China? Who sets up the letter of credit and then ensures all documents are correct? Fun to fish, and fun to have a profitable hobby export farm.

posted by lwk123 on Dec. 5, 08 at 7:04 AM | 
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