High crop prices a threat to nature?

  • Article by: JOSEPHINE MARCOTTY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 28, 2011 - 12:06 PM

Grain prices are tempting farmers to plow up protected land, even as conservation subsidies shrink.

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plecksNov. 27, 11 6:11 PM

Say what you want about George W. Bush - but he was a big supporter of the CRP programs. Wildlife boomed in MN and the Dakotas in the previous decade. Ironic that Obama and the "progressives" who are now in charge would rather see the environment and nesting grounds plowed under for Big Corn.

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DUSTYBNov. 27, 11 6:57 PM

one word for them ( GREED )

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tooty123Nov. 27, 11 7:16 PM

plecks--Funny how you blame everything on Obama. Who is asking for cuts in agencies instead of raising revenue? Typically, farmers and ranchers are Republicans. They are going to go where the dollars will be--corn.

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spendmoreNov. 27, 11 7:28 PM

dustyb: Can't have oil or coal, we need wind and ethanol. Things that cannot support themselves and need subsidies. It's all the unintended consequences of of ethanol subsidies and the treehuggers. What do you have to say about that?

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ruphinaNov. 27, 11 7:30 PM

Lose lose for the animals. No way we are going to convince Congress to pay the money needed to keep land idle. The best we can do is keep anoffer on the table for the truly marginal stuff, and remove the insurance subsidies. It is silly to be spending money to guarantee losses for planting marginal land at the same time as paying to not plant that land. Of course, along with this, we need to eliminate ethanol and other energy subsidies that artificially encourage taking the land out of production. Bill G.

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spendmoreNov. 27, 11 7:31 PM

dustyb: Can't have oil or coal, we need wind and ethanol. Things that cannot support themselves and need subsidies. This is a direct and unintended consequence of government mandates. What do you have to say about that?

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nicrubyNov. 27, 11 7:45 PM

One word "Greed"!! We need to end all subsities to farmers and get away from ethanol because ethanol is not the answer as a fuel. The government made a couple of mistakes when they started having marginal land set aside. First any land set aside should have never been allowed back into production, the land should have been bought by the government, instead of payments being made. 2. Farmers should not be allowed to purchase any type of farm insurance on marginal land or land that you know will flood out. This guy don't need the money but will go chasing the almighty dollar anyways and will be the first to whine when the zumbro is dirty and unenjoyable.

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kennyrogersNov. 27, 11 8:02 PM

My god, man, you're 75 years old and don't need the money. Leave it in CRP so there is more habitat for animals and quit worshipping the almighty dollar.

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iagirlndcNov. 27, 11 8:03 PM

When are people going to learn that assisting farmers and ranchers to stay stable results in cheap and reliable food for all? Conservation and taking care of our land costs money and benefits everyone so look who's denying the $$. If you do, you will find the ridiculous selfish teapartiers who consistently vote that the only people that matter are the 1%. It's time for them to go. Pay no attention to D's vs R's this year ... rather just look for the ones who are willing to support the teaparty folks who have invaded the traditional Republican party. When you look closely enough, you will find these teaparty representatives in opposition to veterans benefits, to medicare, to social security, to public schools and to even fixing our roads. Minnesota? ... Remember that bridge that fell down... that's just one example of how the teaparty republicans are killing jobs, literally killing people and wasting the resources of this country.

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g55423Nov. 27, 11 8:05 PM

Farming shuold be subject to the same soil erosion rules that the construction indutry is.

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