I would like to express my disgust with the comments that John Phipps made at the end of his show on Sunday about how farmers should be embarrassed to take direct payments. I am a 32-year-old farmer from northern Montana and primarily grow dryland wheat, and if it weren't for direct payments I would not be farming today. We are finally starting to get some relief from a 15-year drought where our APH was completely destroyed, my insurance premium kept increasing, and the the only thing I could guarantee to my banker was the direct payment. So rather then speaking for himself, he might want to think about the rest of the country that doesn't grow corn! The farm bill is already under a lot of pressure and we certainly don't need people who are "supposed" to be pro-ag giving politicians reasons for cutting programs that keep America the cheapest food source in the world.
Editor's Note: Below are John's comments as aired last weekend on "U.S. Farm Report"
TIME NOW FOR OUR WEEKLY LOOK INSIDE THE FARM REPORT MAILBAG. BUD PALIN FROM GAYLORD, MICH., HAS A QUERY ABOUT FARM SUBSIDIES: