Politicians can likely expect hot seat at FarmFest

  • Article by: COREY MITCHELL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 6, 2012 - 10:05 PM

Crippling drought, unresolved farm bill expected to prompt some heated questions for politicians.

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dakmarknetAug. 7, 12 3:25 AM

Colin Peterson - The face of a Republican in liberal clothes. I hope he is voted out of office.

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dakmarknetAug. 7, 12 3:32 AM

Just take a look at te money the rmers make of of the Farm Bill. Farmers don't seem to be hurt by anything anymore because the subsidies provided to them by the Federal government is massive. MN gets $1 billion annually to distribute to farmers thru the farm bill. These farmers live in beautiful homes (more like plantations) all thanks to the subsidies. I'm not sure the family farmer even exists today.

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jcinmnAug. 7, 12 5:29 AM

Just a month ago they were bragging that "there is no risk in farming any more." The price supports and crop insurance coupled with the rising price of land have taken the risk out of farming. Now it's a part time job with a shorter work year than teachers have. 1 month planting, 2 months waiting and watching, 1 month harvesting and 8 months in Fla or Vegas.

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jcinmnAug. 7, 12 5:33 AM

Throw the poor under the bus with your farm bill. Without food stamps whose going to buy your milk, corn and bread? For 30 years you lobbied Congress "Don't raise the minimum wage because you'll hurt us". You created the largest population of poor Americans in US history and now you would rather have your welfare payment than give them a minimally balanced diet. May your crops wither and die. There's always S America

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gcrileyAug. 7, 12 7:44 AM

jcinmn Aug. 7, 12 5:29 AM Just a month ago they were bragging that "there is no risk in farming any more." The price supports and crop insurance coupled with the rising price of land have taken the risk out of farming. Now it's a part time job with a shorter work year than teachers have. 1 month planting, 2 months waiting and watching, 1 month harvesting and 8 months in Fla or Vegas. -- Wow, obviously the closest you have been to a farm is your mothers garden

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milkman53Aug. 7, 12 8:47 AM

A better headline might have been "Tea Party Republicans in the House on the hot seat." Senate passed a bill. House Democrats and moderate Republican tried. What stopped them? The party of no. And it's getting darn hard to tell the Tea's from the rest of the GOP.

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th3171Aug. 7, 12 9:07 AM

jcinmn--please stay in the city-or-please tell us the yearly schedule of a dairy farmer.

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formergopAug. 7, 12 9:27 AM

Just look at the money these farmers make off the backs of the taxpayer. They say they have to gamble every year on a good crop. That is a lie.

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rainking_1Aug. 7, 12 1:22 PM

To: dakmarknet, jcinmn, formergop, Your willingness to hurl out generalities (falsely) without looking into the reason for the existence of farm subsidies is disheartening. I don't agree (and I don't expect you to agree either)with everything in the farm bills and some of policies that are promoted. To this I would say show me one piece of legislation or fiscal policy that appeases everyone at everytime to the greatest benefit imaginable. I'll simply list some of the advantages farm subsidies provide and their significance.

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rainking_1Aug. 7, 12 1:34 PM

Significance Farm subsidies are given for various reasons. Governments use them as a tool to control market prices, which are affected by natural disasters, severe weather conditions, supply shortages and surpluses, and other events that affect the national food supply. The U.S. government uses the subsidy to ensure that food is accessible to every American.

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