Farm subsidies are coming under the gun

  • Article by: JIM SPENCER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 28, 2011 - 10:46 PM

The farm subsidy payments that have been worth billions to Minnesota farmers could soon give way to a far less costly program of expanded crop insurance.

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mplssellOct. 28, 1110:42 PM

Wow - Time for the Republican Congress to cut the fat from the farm.

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vikings0395Oct. 28, 1110:48 PM

Better late than never!! Farmers are making money hand over fist these days, then laughing when they get a subsidy check on top of it.

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mudcatgrantOct. 28, 1110:52 PM

The entire Department of Agriculture should be eliminated, taking it's welfare plans with it. Following closely behind? Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Depts. of Energy, Education, HUD, Commerce. Just a start, but billions already saved, and thousands of meddling bureaucrats put out to pasture.

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potter101Oct. 28, 1111:41 PM

Their should be no more support for the farmer then making a maximum of the gross median income in the united states which is $56,000.00 Thats the last sent they make above expenses. No more million dollar checks for the rich farmers.

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potter101Oct. 28, 1111:42 PM

How do you think Bachmann will vote on this idea.

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jdmcnugent2Oct. 28, 1111:43 PM

Thank god. I'm tired of subsidizing the lifestyle of family farmers--and they have the gall to complain about entitlements.

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AnondsonOct. 29, 1112:01 AM

Good. Next up, loopholes that allow GE to pay $0 in taxes.

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ethelmermanOct. 29, 1112:57 AM

Amen! I love family farms, but so many of these subsidies are nothing more than undeserved give aways. I hate subsidizing Corporate Rich Farms.

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bottomlineOct. 29, 11 4:59 AM

"The elimination of so-called direct-payment subsidies to farmers could account for roughly $15 billion. The new payment program would pay farmers only for planted acres when prices drop below certain thresholds".

----> As a hard-core Conservative, I'm against subsidies of all kinds. And "yes" ..even to farms.

The only trouble is ...food prices will definitely rise thru the roof. This in and of itself is not a problem (it's just the market).

However, will your average Joe Q. Public understand this? .....or will they just start blaming your local Cubs, Rainbows, and Coborns for being "greedy Wall Street" profiteers??

It would be interesting to see what happens.

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oldblue48Oct. 29, 11 5:48 AM

Way past time to fix this and let's get going on all the other perks that rob our tax dollars.

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