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Congress Keeps the Mega-Farm Gravy Train Flowing

December 14, 2007

Washington, D.C. - After months of debate, hearings and discussions, Congress is putting the final touches on the 2007 Farm Bill. However, one of the key reforms many family farmers were banking on failed to pass. The Grassley-Dorgan amendment would have reined in subsidies for mega-farmers by capping payments at $250,000 per farm. Chuck Hassebrook with the Center for Rural Affairs says controlling farm payments is an issue that isn't going away.

"Overwhelming majorities of farmers, overwhelming majorities of rural Americans, and overwhelming majorities of all Americans want a stop to farm programs that provide hundreds of thousands of dollars to mega-farms and destroy family farming."

Hassebrook says this would have been the single most effective thing the Senate could have done to revitalize family farms and rural communities.

"What this means is that we will continue to have a farm policy in America that destroys family farming. We will continue to have a policy in America of refusing to invest in the future of rural America and instead allowing small communities to die."

Hassebrook blames the defeat not on southern Senators but on certain Plains states Senators who undermined the effort.

Dick Layman/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - IA