Farm bill pushed to save crop insurance subsidies from 'fiscal cliff' negotiators' knives

  • Article by: MARY CLARE JALONICK , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 15, 2012 - 10:36 PM
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husker1983Dec. 15, 12 5:33 AM

The path to resolving the financial mess we are in should involve sacrifice by all.

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quadrant5Dec. 16, 12 1:03 AM

Reducing crop insurance subsidies will make crop insurance unaffordable for many farmers. Uninsured crops places farms at risk, and this places our food supply at risk.

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gofigerDec. 16, 12 3:17 AM

husker1983, amen! Why should we subsidize a program that is already subsidized? Throw good corn after bad corn. A crop that takes more energy to produce, than is given back in ethanol. Don't burn it, eat it.

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sepwalleyeDec. 16, 12 7:40 AM

Kind of makes me wonder ... we are going to end up paying for all these farms anyways .. price of milk and the price of corn!! they will just pass it on to us.. and there is no small farms any more just industrialized ones with million dollar tractors I am sorry but don't want to subisidize you any more!!!!

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chewnutDec. 16, 12 7:53 AM

Farming subsidies... scam number 12345. Farm land prices are at record levels... when does the taxpayer get repaid all the subsidies to farming...for the last 100 years.... WHY does the farmer get to keep the increase in land price.. In NORTH DAKOTA.. now the oil fields... and still no repayment to the taxpayers of all the subsidies plus interest..

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cdbeisselDec. 16, 1210:16 AM

You cannot honestly make stuff up like this... D.F.L. stands for Democratic Farm Labor... LOL! This story talks about democrats cutting from farmers.. Unbelievable! Take from farmers and reallocate to folks who don't work and other worthless government programs.. Yes local farmers are doing well right now. Any of you who have posted on this even farm? Do some research over the past 20 years. Farmers have ups and downs like everyone else! Yes most are doing well right now locally. Take a look at how farmers in Illinois are doing.

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mchuskerDec. 16, 1210:56 AM

The annual USDA budget is about $95 billion. The SNAP (food stamps and nutrition) account for $76 billion and growing rapidly out of this $95 billion. The "juicy" target is fraud, waste and abuse within the SNAP program. Eliminating the crop insurance program and we would have annual off budget disaster programs in the event of droughts, freeze, flood, etc. Note that New York and New Jersey have asked for $70 billion in off budget "disaster" money to pay for their Hurricane Sandy problems. FEMA has not performed nearly as well the the crop insurance program in 2012...

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luzhishenDec. 16, 12 2:16 PM

Nothing like traveling through corn country in South Dakota and hearing their Senator go on and on about government subsidies and debt. A real hoot.

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kebu80Dec. 16, 12 5:04 PM

Leave it to the farmers to once again do waaaay more than their fair share of taking on the fiscal problems in this Country. Too bad the rest of the Country won't take their cuts. The farmers always take the biggest hits. This is a sad sad situation. Sure wish they would cut some of the entitlement programs provided to all you city types.

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kebu80Dec. 16, 12 5:06 PM

Mchusker is Absolutely correct! Read his comment!

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