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Viewers Speak: Subsidies, GMO's & China
Jun 24, 2013
***The following viewer comments were received in response to the July 22-23, 2013 edition of U.S. Farm Report…
#1: John, I watch your program every Sunday morning prior to going to church. I find it very
interesting and informative. You said you were opposed to all farm subsidies. I have to agree with you, because most farmers would rather receive their price from the market alone. I am a sugar beet grower for Amalgamated Sugar, a grower owned cooperative. Please tell me what will happen to the domestic
sugar industries if we do not have some sort of protection from all of the imports, etc? Our domestic
sugar growers will go by the wayside, the US will lose all the farm machinery sales, lost jobs, lost sugar factories, and now we are at the mercy of other countries for our sugar needs. The one that benefits most is the confectionary industry. They already are making a good profit, and when the price of sugar goes down, the price of the candy bar does not go down.
You only have to go back to about 1972 or a year either side of that when we did not have a sugar program for one year. What happened? The price of sugar went sky high. The sugar program as written provides a steady supply of sugar, and at a reasonable price. Let’s not go back to sugar ration coupons like during WWII, neither you nor me can remember them, but let that be a reminder of what could happen.
I have been a sugar beet grower for over 40 years, and like my Uncle who is a retired farmer once told me SUGAR BEETS pays the bills, and Potato's buys a Cadillac every once in a while. You have to realize I farm in Eastern Idaho the largest potato producing area in the US. Also what happens if all of the beet acreage is abandoned? Does it go into producing more potato's, or wheat, further over supplying the market? Thank you John for listening to me. You have a very interesting program. Looking forward to hearing back from you. Larry Bethke – American Falls, ID
#2: I'm just a city kid (75) and I don't understand the problem with genetically modified wheat and corn. Was someone poisoned by a loaf of bread or corn bread made from something genetically modified? Did a consumer of such products grow an extra arm? I suspect more paranoia from a politically-motivated group who has no appreciation or knowledge about the benefits. I guess if a cure for cancer involved modifying a cancer patient's genes, they would object. Hasn't nature been modifying genes for a couple of million years to the benefit of many species? Get over it! Robert Venlet
#3: I would like to say that I like watching the program. But I would like to ask if you could put more livestock and dairy information into the news cast. The crop watch and market side is ok but that isn't all that is farmed in the U.S. I would like to see your program cover a lot more. Repectfully, Jeff Riley
#4: Unless the Chinese Government creates 150 million new jobs for the 250 million subsistence farmers they plan to force off the land, they could end up with millions of welfare recipients with no skills. This could plant the seeds for a massive rebellion.