Farm Bill Woes

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MASON CITY, IA – The Senate approved their version of the Farm Bill on June 10th.

But when it comes to the House, their version is a no-go.

For one local farmer this news is not what he’s hoping to hear.

“It’s disgusting to have it get it passed on one side and not the other,” said Pope.

“The direct subsidies that we receive for every acre we farm are going to go away and that’s fine. I think 99 percent of all producers agree we don’t need it anymore. The crop insurance component is very important that’s our only risk management tool that we have,” said Pope.

Sterling Young, with the Hertz Farm Management program agrees.

He says his clients for the past two years have had to bank on their crop insurance.

But one of the programs going away would be direct payments to the farmers.

“I think congress needs to realize that under these circumstances they need to keep some of those things in the bill and they’ll have a lot less total cost overall from a long range planning standpoint,” said Young.

Young says watching the Republicans and Democrats pin the food stamp program against the agricultural programs shouldn’t be going on.

“But there’s a tremendous amount of people in this country based upon the economy we have its very difficult for them to survive without this assistance and it creates a lot of demand for what farmers raise,” said Young.

For business to keep running smoothly with him and his clients like pope, he says some major headway needs to be made by the end of the summer.

“It looks to me like tow legs of the three legged stool are favoring the senate version and maybe that’s the best we can hope for at this point, but if the House maintains their current stance then they’ll have to be some give on the other two legs,” said Young.

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