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Old 01-29-2014, 10:51 PM   #50
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Originally Posted by ghak99 View Post
After a brief skim... I wish they would have slashed deeper on both sides.
With the elimination of direct payments, payment limits (not sure what this is on, but it would be epic bad if they limit payments on MPCI), and according to HCF's link, looks like they chop quite a bit out of conservation programs, I'm not really sure what else you expect them to chop.

I'll admit, I have no idea WTF the dairy stuff is. I don't know how they're going to calculate margin insurance (I wish I could guarantee a margin on a corn acre...), but in the past nobody has balked about money spent on milk.

The livestock disaster program is important. Them passing a different bill every disaster is stupid (and it's not like they were making a decision as to whether to make the bill, just what goes in it). The livestock guys definitely need it, especially the cattle guys given how expensive the replacement costs have gotten given the recent drought that led to herd reduction.

MPCI is the one thing that I feel they can't screw with. They cut quite a bit out of the conservation programs according to HCF's link, which I think is the place they should be cutting if they have to.

Bottom line is that farm gave up far more than the 1% SNAP gave up. I should qualify that, grain farmers gave up far more than 1% of government income. And the corn farmers are the ones people freak out about. I can't speak to the dairy industry. And the animals don't get much that I know of.

The one thing I haven't heard about is the peanuts, cotton, and sugar programs are structured. They're fairly small acreages, but their reps fight tooth and nail for them, and I think they get some significant government dollars. I know there is significant infighting between the corn states and the peanuts/cotton states as well as sugar states. But all those crops manage to stay out of the headlines, so nobody gives a shit. I need to find the particulars on all this shit.

It's frustrating as a producer. I really don't mind giving up government dollars. We're in a ****ing budget crisis. But grain farmers get significant cuts and they cut SNAP a massive 1% /sarcasm. Goddamn it, cut me, but cut everyone else too.
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