What Do You Think Of The New Farm Bill?

After a long and tortuous path, the House of Representatives and Senate finally passed a five-year farm bill. The single biggest change in the measure is the elimination of direct payments to farmers in favor of insurance, but the main emotion was relief at finally getting a program passed. This week’s online poll question is: “What do you think of the new farm bill?” Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section after voting.

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Anonymous
on Feb 18, 2014

I'm against all subsidies for any industry.

on Feb 15, 2014

In answer to anonymous.

How does welfare hurt the economy?

It's all borrowed money.

Anonymous
on Feb 15, 2014

There are two things in the Farm Bill that will hurt the farmers and ranchers if it isn't redone. GYPSA and MCOOL are two issues in the Farm Bill that need to be looked at long and hard. Hopefully something can and will be done on these issues.

Anonymous
on Feb 15, 2014

Farmers continue to take less from government while another generation of welfare recipients continue to produce another
generation of those who will receive over 80% of the subsidies. I have nothing against those in need receiving aid,
but THEY must get off their rears and go to work..there really are jobs to be had!

on Feb 13, 2014

Just to correct one perception: The majority of SNAP recipients are employed, either at part-time or multiple part-time jobs or at low-wage jobs.

Anonymous
on Feb 13, 2014

It should be called the National Welfare bill

Anonymous
on Feb 13, 2014

WELFARE, PORK PORK PORK, OINK OINK OINK
EVERYONE needs to read Citizens against Waste on what's in this Bill.

Anonymous
on Feb 13, 2014

$800 BILLION in food assistance programs! Why can't we find people work so they can buy their own food? Biden was complaining about the state of our nation's infrastructure the other day, and he is right! We have invested nothing in maintaining, let along improving our roadways, railways, waterways, ports, and airports. How about we take these people off of welfare and give them a job building something. I would be much more willing to support that with my tax dollars than handouts.

Anonymous
on Feb 13, 2014

Welfare at its finest! This bill has little to do with farming.

Anonymous
on Feb 13, 2014

What waste of time to accomplish very little

Anonymous
on Feb 13, 2014

Really irritates me that they call it a farm bill when only a very small percentage of the entire bill has a darn thing to do with agriculture. Got to get rid of Harry Reid so our legislature can operate as it was intended.

Anonymous
on Feb 13, 2014

Just making the cash grain farmers more rich and able to lease the better property. In my state, Michigan, pasture and hay ground are really disappearing, can't compete with the guys getting rich from insurance subsidies.

Anonymous
on Feb 13, 2014

It is not a farm bill it is a food stamp & farm welfare bill. Personally I don.t accept the government welfare in my ranching operation.

Anonymous
on Feb 13, 2014

This is adding to the debt we will all pay for this in the future

Anonymous
on Feb 9, 2014

In my area we have farmers that have several work sheets because of leased farms . This should be eliminated so that insurance farming could be stopped . The work sheets should be combined .

Anonymous
on Feb 9, 2014

We have a nation full of working people struggling to meet their own insurance premiums without having to subsidize crop insurance for people with millions on their balance sheets.

Anonymous
on Feb 9, 2014

Yes, it is not a farm bill. But the small part that does relate to agriculture is about insurance. I'm all for insurance, but why do we want a gov' t subsidy for it? If we pay the "true" premium," we might then make better decisions on what should be produced where and quit farming the government and land that should not be farmed. Or perhaps we would chose different crops as directed by the market, risk and true cost of insurance.

Anonymous
on Feb 7, 2014

I have a hard time understanding why people want welfare, and this includes farmers and ranchers. I don't see why anyone would sell there soul to the devil, and that is what you do when you take government handouts. They will end up telling you what to do, when to do it and how much they will pay you and there is nothing you can do because you signed on the dotted line. I take no government handouts and my cow/calf operation does just fine, of course I don't live in a fancy home or drive a Cadillac but I don't have FSA or NRCS is telling me what I have to do.

Chris

Anonymous
on Feb 7, 2014

Its appalling when you think that one of seven people in this country is on food stamps. When the media and the general public see this bill they immediately think it is all farmer subsidies and eighty plus percent is actually to fund a program for people that wouldnt work if you offered them a job..

Anonymous
on Feb 7, 2014

Just another welfare program!

Anonymous
on Feb 7, 2014

It is not a farm bill it is a food stamp bill.

Anonymous
on Feb 7, 2014

I completely agree.

Anonymous
on Feb 7, 2014

The immensity of SNAP must convince us all this isn't a Farm Bill it is a welfare bill. The PILT payment inclusion is similar. What is taking place is the trade by liberal senators like Tom Udall (D-NM) for the right to retire more federal land from future income streams in monument and wilderness areas by paying states off with welfare payments in the form of 'payment in lieu of taxes' (PILT), That is devastating to local customs and culture. It is creating a whole new generation of welfare recipients.

Anonymous
on Feb 13, 2014

Do you think welfare hurts the economy? How?

Anonymous
on Feb 16, 2014

It hurts our country by adding to the nations debt.....we are going broke....people govern for todays reward....we will all pay a price for this ridiculous spending on govt programs.

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