Originally Posted by Iowanian
Most FSA offices couldn't manage a Swingline stapler.
I think there needs some major reform in the farm bill. Welfare has to be addressed and brought into check.
That said, there are too many subsides for farmers who don't need it and there are too many loopholes with "corporations" having so many subsidiary farm names etc to beat the system.
What I'd like to see would be limitations put on payments(caps) to discourage people buying large chunks of land specifically to take advantage of those programs, and I think any payments need to be tied to a "trigger" based on crop prices. If corn is over $3 for example.
Farming needs to be encouraged to be local and less corporate for sure. You don't see standing corn and beans right now in fields of guys who farm 500-1000 acres, it's the 20,000 acre guys who plant it for the check and don't care if it is harvested.
Agree with this.
There is plenty of waste and fraud to cut on both the food stamp side and the farm subsidy side. These farmers need to start appreciating that we aren't in the Great Depression anymore when most of these rules made sense. On the other side, it makes me want to vomit when I see a married illegal immigrant couple at the grocery store who don't tell the government that they are married, keep their separate names, and the woman draws all the federal funds she can get while the guy has a stack of 100s tax free that he is buying steaks with.