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House Farm Bill Could Smother ND Family Farms

September 7, 2007

Lyons, NE. – After closer examination of the U.S. House of Representatives' version of the new Farm Bill, the Center for Rural Affairs concludes it would actually provide larger subsidies to the nation's biggest farms, rather than tightening farm payment limitations. Executive director Chuck Hassebrook says the bill would make it easier for the biggest mega-farms to expand.

"This farm bill, if it becomes law, would subsidize big farms, drive more of their neighbors out of business, and drive family-sized farms out of business."

Hassebrook says under the House proposal, a North Dakota corn, soybean, or wheat operation could grow to nearly 11,000 acres before reaching the limit on direct payments, regardless of crop prices. Under the current farm program, the same North Dakota farm can only grow to 7,200 acres before direct payments are cut off. He adds the higher payments would enable big farms to pay more for land than they do now, continuing to squeeze out and compete unfairly against smaller farming operations.

The full analysis of the House proposal is available online, at

Dick Layman/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - ND