Will We Have A Farm Bill By Christmas?

The lame-duck session of Congress has a lot on its plate. Topping the issues for many in agriculture is a new farm bill, which is desperately needed in order to make production decisions for the coming year. This week’s online poll question is: “Will a farm bill be completed by Christmas?”

Vote and leave your thoughts in the comments section.

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Anonymous
on Nov 19, 2012

This current administration has been too occupied with bickering amongst themselves and have ignored its own people for a very long time. We need to look to ourselves and bring back some core values what made this nation the greatest country in the world to be born in, to live in, to work in and to die in. May God bless the American Farmer, soldier and other true heroes!

Anonymous
on Nov 19, 2012

I know it's useless thinking there will be change but maybe a few responsible legislators in DC will figure out that the small farm operators are an endangered species and start planing to actually help hard-time survivors while at the same time helping those folk who would like to participate in this life style in financial ways which would offset today's tremendous start up cost. Maybe it's not politically correct but I'm talking about every American young and old who wants to begin a small farming operation not just programs for Latinos or other qualified minorities. Sadly more money will probably go toward giant farming corporations or other so-called social dis-enfranchised groups who make enough waves or who are big contributors of their favorite legislator.

Anonymous
on Nov 19, 2012

Just like other areas, the gov't is too involved in regulating agriculture. It was determined that farmers needed the help based on a different time and circumstance. I do feel it is still necessary, but they have let others go without renewal, and I fully expect this will as well. Too many don't even know where food comes from. I actually know a person who will only buy meat from the store because "she doesn't know about that other stuff." How ridiculously absurd! Eat those preservatives, etc. She doesn't understand.

Anonymous
on Nov 17, 2012

The USDA is a money sink hole. I realize farm subsidies are but a small portion. None the less a struggling public should not be required to feather the nests of people with millions of dollars on their balance sheets. Tens of millions of these people are "baby boomers" with little to fall back on, facing escalating costs of living, wondering if, when and how they'll ever be able to retire.

Anonymous
on Nov 16, 2012

Sometimes I wonder if we need a farm bill because it really isn't. It has become a welfare bill. Now is a good time to abandon subsidies with almost all commodity prices at or near all time highs. The government doesn't have enough money to subsidize insurance. If we need insurance we should buy it from bona-fide insurers.

Anonymous
on Nov 16, 2012

Why expect anything to change, they've had all year to get a bill passed and they didn't so what's changed? Nothing, we'll be lucky to have something to discuss by March 2013.

Anonymous
on Nov 16, 2012

Last week's article was so correct. We have had a 2billion dollar election and have not accomplished a thing. If we have a farm bill it will not be what the farmers need. How concerned was Obama this past summer about the plight of the farmers with a record drought and then in many states the devastation caused by the army worms. The Obama Administration will be too busy throwing their liberal agenda in our faces which is goin g to be the downfall of our nation. God will not bless a nation that caters to the gays and kills innocent babies.

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