Farmers' high hopes for farm bill give way to low expectations

  • Article by: Jim Spencer , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 13, 2013 - 10:05 PM

Minnesota farmers visited Capitol Hill to lobby but left feeling pessimistic about the prospects in a divided Congress.

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gopher68Sep. 13, 13 8:43 PM

You mean to tell me that farmers might have to earn their money themselves and not get annual handouts from taxpayers? That sounds exactly like what every other business owner has to do. Sounds fair to me.

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formergopSep. 13, 1310:28 PM

Farmers have been cuddled too long. I don't get any guarentees in my business. Why should they.

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livefreeordSep. 14, 13 5:55 AM

I'm all for passing nothing. No extension, no new farm bill. Milk prices may go up leading to mal-investment in dairy operations. I don't think it would last long and it would be so much cheaper than the alternatives. The states should take up anything that really needs to be done. It's not the responsibility of the federal government to worry about it.

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EP1955gSep. 14, 13 6:52 AM

Because of Ethanol and the last Farm bill, Ground Nesting birds are in serious trouble. But what the heck we would rather have Feral cats.

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supervon2Sep. 14, 13 7:42 AM

The problem is you can't buy as many votes on the farm bill as you used to. Now, they move the vote-buying dollars to minorities with the claim it will solve all their problems and they fall for it.

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tikiowlSep. 14, 13 8:49 AM

The GOP won't spend time on anything other than trying to stop Obamacare.

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drfranktSep. 14, 13 8:51 AM

This is the biggest problem with the entitlement mindset of the democrats. Once the Fed starts giving out "free money" to their base voters, those voters become accustomed to OUR money and no longer feel the need for any personal responsibility when it comes to "free" funds. Thanks a lot, liberals!

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avejoeconSep. 14, 13 9:02 AM

They need to rethink all the payments that are going to farmers. A farmer can collect his max payment from gov't. Then next year, he can give some of his land to his son, and then they can BOTH collect from the gov't, essentially doubling the profits from the same farm.

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avejoeconSep. 14, 13 9:08 AM

The GOP won't spend time on anything other than trying to stop Obamacare.---------You should thank them for that! It is a disaster for our country!

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crock2Sep. 14, 1312:57 PM

The average farmer's income is already WAY, WAY higher than the average non-farmer's income. And yet farmers have the audacity to fly to Washington and lobby for even more taxpayer money for themselves? Does their greed know no limits?

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