John’s World: How The Farm Bill Gets Passed

May 14, 2018 10:42 AM

This week, the White House will be holding a meeting on the 2018 farm bill, and some reports say President Trump wants to discuss the timeline.

Some might want to know what some of the long-term implications of the bill. 

That topic is the subject of this week’s John’s World commentary on U.S. Farm Report with John Phipps.

Watch John’s World every weekend on U.S. Farm Report.

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Spell Check

Waterloo, IA
5/15/2018 08:15 AM

  You've got that right John. One interesting "messy detail" is that the current Farm Bill is slated to remove previous limits on the number of recipients for subsidy programs (such as ARC/PLC), a cash cow for large, corporate farms. And, when it comes to subsidy farming, there is no cap on income as well, assuring that we can flood the market with commodities into the distant future and aid the cabal of enormous farms and our national farm managers - i.e. Cargill, Monsanto, ADM, etc. Oh...I cap on crop insurance subsidies either. However, the Farm Bill is slashing spending on conservation (except CRP...which is profitable for many) and assistance to small, rural enterprises. Most interesting to me is how many farmers can support policies that cut assistance to poor people while raking in government assistance for themselves...all the while touting the benefits of a "free market." When this goes public, along with the constant push against legislation over water quality, animal confinement operations, and consumer oversight, I wonder if we farmers will need to spend anything on public relations to damage our already tarnished reputation among American consumers. Thankfully, we can rely on the advertising department at Bayer to take care of that for us.


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