Farm Subsidies On Chopping Block In Obama’s Budget Plan

Based on President Obama’s 2012 budget plan, more than $5 billion in public support for agriculture would be eliminated, including subsidies to some farmers, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Obama has suggested that the White House would like to shift funds away from agricultural programs, which could create a battle between legislators from agricultural states and the administration.

Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack says the change would impact approximately 30,000 of the 1.2 million growers who get direct-payment farm subsidies. But, cuts like these are generally difficult to pass through Congress. Both Presidents Bush, as well as President Clinton, proposed similar cutbacks.

“Farm subsidy programs and other programmatic cuts are just a small piece of the puzzle,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). “All agriculture programs should be a part of the overall strategy to lower the federal deficit, but no more or less than other programs.”

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Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

All Farmers big and small need to start lining up around the state capitals and the whitehouse with the farm equipment. We need to protest like other countries are for human rights but we protest for American food, Farms and being self suffcient once again!

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Our Farmers need to line up there equipment around the whitehouse and state capitals to put forth the right to farm for food in america and be self suffcient once again.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

In our area the local farmers get a subsidies payment on from $100.00 to $150.00 per acre and this at a time of record prices. Let’s put that money into other programs like research. It is time to end direct-payment farm subsidies that help the big get bigger.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Farm subsidies are killing the independent nature of the Ag. people I remember. DO NOT redirect any payment but CUT the taxes and miniaturize the budget!

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

For far too long farmers have been looked on as another type of “Welfare” recipient because of all the subsidies and grants some get. It is high time to cut all the subsidies and for farmers to resemble the tough hardworking pioneers like our predecessors. If you want that dollar then by golly EARN it. Don’t beg for it.
While they are cutting Ag they also need to be cutting the regular welfare too. Welfare recipients have become too comfortable and consider this free money an entitlement. If they didn’t get it then maybe some of those jobs that supposedly only migrants will do would look better to someone with a bit of hunger in the belly. We have become soft in America relying on another persons dime.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Amazing, but I actually agree with our president about something. We have paid for the fattening of Americans by subsidizing sugar and grains and other highly fattening foods, while letting lettuce and broccoli find their own pricing. If we were to subsidize something, let it be the things that help us be a healthier society.

Also, as a small market grower, I sometimes have to compete with corporate farms in a very unfair system, while providing a superior product at a higher cost/unit because they are being subsidized by our government, but I am not.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

I am a concerned American. I am concerned about citizens of this country being able to do what is right. In agriculture, unlike in other parts of the US economy, agricultures’ “special place” in the hearts and minds of Americans is routinely used by large agricultural trade associations to disguise their real purposes – greed and manipulation. Their goals are to fatten their constituents’ (large ag) pocket books via corporate welfare, and to increase their influence in Washington and elsewhere. They seek power so as to benefit themselves at the expense of Americans. They cloak their despodic actions with the positive reputation of individual farmers. They make me sick with their immoral use of America.