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Analysis: House Farm Bill “Squeeze” for ID Family Farms is Not Love

September 10, 2007

Promises made, promises broken. That's one expert assessment of the U.S. House Farm Bill, which originally was designed, among other goals, to aid family farms. However, Chuck Hassebrook of the Center for Rural Affairs says the "fine print" in the latest version of the bill means payments to the biggest operations in Idaho could actually go up 50 percent.

"The U.S. House Farm Bill subsidizes the largest farms, which drives smaller operations out of business. That's not good for rural America, and it's not good for Idaho’s family farmers."

The White House has called for serious reform and strict limits on the amount of taxpayer dollars distributed to large farming operations. Hassebrook believes that's especially important because most large farming businesses are profitable without government subsidies. Supporters of payments say they help lower prices for consumers.

Hassebrook says the House Farm Bill has misled Idaho farmers and rural communities.

"They said that they had produced a bill that tightened the payment limitation; but in fact, this bill substantially increases the payments that will go to the nation's largest farms."

The full Center for Rural Affairsanalysis of the bill can be found online, at

Deborah Smith/John Robinson, Public News Service - ID