Des Moines, IA – What’s the leading concern of Iowa farmers regarding the 2007 farm bill…that small operations will be gobbled up by mega-farms unless changes are made to the 2007 farm bill.
As Congress considers reauthorization of the farm bill next year, what Iowa farmers want is for lawmakers to care more for the survival of smaller operations and less about the mega-farms. That is the result of a new survey released by the Farm Foundation’s National Public Policy Education Committee. Chuck Hassebrook, Center for Rural Affairs says farmers want the government to close loopholes in the farm bill for mega-farm corporations to get aid meant for small family farmers.
“Farmers felt even more strongly about the need to close those loopholes than their support for farm programs in the first place,” said Hassebrook
Hassebrook says the farm bill was originally conceived to help struggling family farms but that is not the case anymore, profitable mega-farms now get the lion’s share of the funds.
“We now have a farm program that effectively does at least as much to subsidize mega-farms to drive their neighbors out of business as it does to keep the little guys out there,” Hassebrook added.
Iowa farmers rank closing loopholes for mega-farms is the highest priority of all the issues that need to be addressed in the new Farm Bill.
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