New Farm Bill is celebrated by backers as 'best we can get'

  • Article by: Doug Smith , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 1, 2014 - 9:51 PM

Conservation groups say it looks like a win for wildlife, but a $6 billion cut in funding makes it a hollow victory.

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tkr380Feb. 2, 14 7:50 AM

Today's farmers are the wealthiest group of Americans there are. Their land values have gone up 600 to 1,000 percent all because of the American taxpayer and farm subsidies. Few farmers in Minnesota don't own a winter home in Arizona or a lake home in Alexandria, MN for the summer. Few Farmers in MN even farm their land today, chosing instead to hire low wage laborers to do the work or renting their land out for hundreds of dollars an acre to a larger neighbor who largely also hires low paid laborers. Shame.

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WaterBunkerFeb. 2, 1411:20 AM

Some of the best deals you do are the ones you don't do. This is a bad bill. America would have been better off with no bill.

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dungbeetleFeb. 2, 14 8:57 PM

As an employee of the USDA in a conservation agency, I see the waste of taxpayer money on a daily basis. The so-called cuts are actually just cuts of the built in annual increases. We are paying farmers thousand of dollars each to do practices on their land that they would be doing even if we didn't give them money (i.e. CSP Program) Another bloated farm bill!!

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thefalconFeb. 3, 14 5:54 PM

How is this such a great deal when CRP is capped at a lower number and will continue to expire at record rates? This does nothing to help pheasants of other ground nesting birds. The pheasant loses will only continue with this bill

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hollyseanFeb. 4, 14 4:29 AM

Remember our food just shows up at the store. It doesn't come from our land.

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didwiddelerFeb. 5, 14 7:02 PM

The earth's population is increasing by two hundred thousand people a day. The CRP is soon to be a thing of the past unless population growth is curbed.

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