Should Food Stamps Be Part Of The Farm Bill?

Debate raged in the House of Representatives recently when that chamber passed a farm bill that decoupled food stamps from farm programs. This week’s online poll question is: “Should food stamps be part of the farm bill?” Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section after voting.

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on Sep 12, 2013

end subsidies period, all we are doing is price supporting ourselves out of busniness to the benefit of the mega farms and politically connected. all food stamps do is raise the price of food for everyone else. Think about it, you buy groceries as a consumer, and you are taxed so food stamps can be given out, so your grocery bill goes up. Plus, corn is higher than it should be because of ethonol, that makes meat go up. and because of the fs more people buy, making it go up. It's all false markets. End the handouts, let it be a free market as it should and farmers will figure out a way to stay in business and more likely than not probobly be better of financially to boot.

Anonymous
on Sep 12, 2013

subsidies need to be ended. as a farmer that raises beef cattle, we transisioned out of dairy and i took an off farm job. Look, food is too cheap, way too cheap. From what we as food producers have invested and what we get out, it is ridiculous. I literally work all the time to keep up the family farm and at my day job and all i do is pay taxes to support the leaches that society produces. Didnt get nothing when i dairied, dont get nothing as a producer, and if something happened i i needed help well tough crap i have too many assetts to be in the needy category. Let alone the fact that all food stamps and farm aid do is keep the price of the commodites and food at the store low, end them now!

Anonymous
on Jul 22, 2013

One, most people outside agriculture do not realize that the government spends eighty percent of the so called 'Farm Bill budget' for food stamps and other food welfare programs, including free and reduced price school meals, and only twenty percent is true 'farm programs'.

Two, BOTH programs need drastic clean-up to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse. And, IMO, all three of those abuses happen in BOTH sides. Those problems appear to be more disproportionate on the 'food stamp' side.

m. jones

Anonymous
on Jul 21, 2013

The Farm Bill should be about managing soil and water to feed a growing, hungry world. period. Other than that, it's just a big welfare grab and my perception is that most of the people grabbing the welfare end don't need welfare. Sad part is that some of those people are farmers. As a chair of a Natural Resources Conservation District I about puked and seriously considered resigning when I was asked to sign off on an NRCS "conservation plan" that included handing one farmer a $40,000 personal gift to pay for half a new tractor engine and another farmer, one who has a whopping 13 acres of crop land, a personal gift of $20,000 to by him also half a new tractor engine. Purportedly these plans qualified for the payment because the EPA has determined the District has air pollution problems. But the reality is that our air pollution problem is not engine exhaust but dust. Nevertheless, an equipment salesman figured out that the money could legally be misappropriated to make gifts of farm equipment and contacted every cooperator in the District. My understanding is that another 15 unethical farmers applied to receive these large personal gifts from hardworking taxpayers who don't qualify for the same.

Anonymous
on Jul 19, 2013

End ALL subsidies (including "Green Energy"). Let the free markets work. We will all be better off.

Anonymous
on Jul 19, 2013

I think we should end government subsidies also! let supply and demand level the playing field !!!

Anonymous
on Jul 19, 2013

Originally putting the two together may have made sense but when food stamps became the biggest portion of the bill that reasoning has failed. There is a lot of waste in all programs including the farm bill and food stamps. We have a real problem with setting reasonable priorities in this country and are unwilling to make hard decisions. Food stamps recipients should have some stake in going to work. Agriculture should want only programs to address critical issues and an insurance program for the big uncontrollable factor in Ag-the weather. Everything else needs to fall by the wayside, likewise with all other government activities!

Anonymous
on Jul 19, 2013

NO
Food stamps have nothing to do with agriculture.
Let farmers answer for themselves not for the welfare state of our economy.

Anonymous
on Jul 19, 2013

The farm bill is about agriculture. Food stamps is about welfare. They should be judged separately and on their own merit.

Anonymous
on Jul 19, 2013

The only way to deal with a rotten apple in the barrel is to separate it. In this case we may be trying to save the one good apple before it is to late. It is easy to see problems if you pull them out of the shadows.

Anonymous
on Jul 19, 2013

The farm bill anymore is a monumental failure. Food stamps, subsidies, this is looking more and more like Euro-socialism with each new bill passed.

Anonymous
on Jul 19, 2013

If the food stamp program is separated from the farm bill, years down the road, there will be no farm bill as the percentage of the population benefitting from it will be soo minute that it will be easily voted to end it.

Anonymous
on Jul 19, 2013

The farm bill needs to be totally phased out. Let the free markets adjust pricing. Farmers that produce what the market wants will survive. Those that rely on assistance to survive (sounds like "welfare", huh, farmer boys and girls) will leave the market and be replaced by those who will adapt.

I hear way too many stories from the farmers and ranchers I know that if it wasn't for subsidies and other government "aid" programs they receive, that they'd go broke, and they just can't give up their "roots and their rural lifestyle".

Well guess what - you can pay for your own "lifestyle" - I'm tired of supporting those who chose to let others foot the bill. Other small business owners don't receive government monies to support their business and their lifestyle.

If you can't make it as a farmer or rancher without government assistance, move over, get out of the way, and let someone take your place that can.

I hear there are plenty of truck driver job openings, go fill one of them...

Anonymous
on Jul 19, 2013

What are you going to eat when I become a truck driver?
2% of the American population produce cheap food for the 98%!
This kind of attitude will make food prices soar out of control and many more will depend on food assistance. This proposal make a bad situation worse.

on Jul 21, 2013

As an urban voter who doesn't have illusions about where food comes from, I think the linkage between food stamps and the farm bill is highly beneficial to farmers. You are 1% of the population, yet get a big slug of federal money, due in large part to this linkage.

Not only that, but numerous economic studies show that programs like food stamps, unemployment compensaton, and Social Security are the most effective overall economic support programs.

If urban America suffers, so will you. Forget about the morality of letting poor people starve, and instead think of your own practical self interest. Food stamps and the farm bill are a natural linkage. Severing the link could well become a case of "be careful what you wish for." Just wait until a food stamp bill passes separately, while a farm bill fails for lack of urban support. You'll regret the separation when that happens!

Anonymous
on Aug 9, 2013

Listen to this guy.....spot on.

Anonymous
on Jul 19, 2013

Food stamp program needs to be cut in half, most of the people on this program , just don't want to work.

Anonymous
on Jul 19, 2013

I hope everyone realizes that the entire farm bill, food stamps and all were less than 1% of the total federal budget in 2012. Anyone that thinks the 60% urban legislators will pass a stand alone farm program bill isnt paying attention.

Anonymous
on Jul 19, 2013

Having a major welfare program who's cost far outweighs the bill its attached to makes no sense-but then what in government does?? Good move to separate the two so the farm bill can be debated on its own merits!

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