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I have been hearing on your show that lawmakers working with 2012 farm bill have talked about getting rid of the SURE disaster program and trying to push the ACRE program.
I am here to tell you that the ACRE program is not that great of a program for all farmers because its too broad based of an area. Take North Dakota for example where I farm we have some of the best land in the whole world in the eastern part and possilby some of the least productive land out in the west. Now it's a great system for those in the western part of the state because it is so much easier for them to get the first trigger which is getting below the states average yield for that year. Now if the ACRE program was more regionally based and not covering each state as a whole it would be a lot better program.
In most of the reports I believe that less than 1/3 of all farmers in America signed up for this program, so why push a program that doesn't work? Where SURE disaster goes by the county in each state and is more relative to each farmers area and whether types and yields. Which I think every farmer would agree with and I'd be willing to bet that more than 1/3 of the farmers in this country signed up for.