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House Farm Bill Analysis for ID - More "Bling" for the Big Guys

July 30, 2007

It's a "cash cow" that many think should be put out to pasture. The U.S. House has passed a Farm Bill that didn't do much to limit farm payments to multi-million dollar farm companies even though President Bush and family farm groups wanted those payments changed. Jon Bailey with the Center for Rural Affairs says voting for those payments means voting against small town economic development in Idaho, and the Farm Bill is a chance to shift priorities.

"We can continue to subsidize large farms, or we can have strong programs that serve other parts of rural America."

Bailey argues that mega-farms are profitable without millions in federal payments, and those payments come at the expense of other ways to keep rural Idaho energized.

"We need to have rural development programs that develop non-farm businesses, the kinds of programs that keep people in rural America, attract people to rural communities."

Bailey does think the House-passed Farm Bill deserves kudos for investing in recruiting new farmers and ranchers for Idaho, and some conservation programs. The U.S. Senate takes up the Farm Bill next.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - ID