Thread: U.S. Issues 2013 Farm Bill
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Old 01-30-2014, 12:28 AM   #61
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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.
Of course the details are blurry right now, but I agree. They need to leave these two areas alone to allow them to stabilize. Another round or two of drought in the right areas and it could get ugly. The dairy industry seems to be one week away from a mess during the good times, and I'm not sure anyone knows how to support it in a way that will help.

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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.
I don't know much about cotton and peanuts other than some of the direct payments are going to continue happening for a year or two due to some other existing program?? I don't understand them at all as I have never been around the operations. The sugar side has issues that seem so messed up I can't believe I have it straight. Sure it's small acres, but it's ****ed up and they raked in serious profits a few years in a row and had their hands out the next year because production was WAY above the levels current plants could handle. It was not the tax payers fault they increased acres to a level that couldn't be run through the system.

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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.
I'm with you, this cut wasn't big enough considering what the production side gave up. I have no problem accepting the risk my operation operates under. Then again, I also accept the fact I'm responsible for feeding any kids I bring into this world.
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