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Last Tuesday afternoon, senior Heritage experts Daren Bakst and Joshua Sewell hosted Representative Tom McClintock (R-CA) and Representative Ralph Norman (R-SC) to discuss the upcoming farm bill. They focused on how to restrain the out-of-control subsidies it contains right now, and what changes to the bill would provide vital relief and deregulation to America’s farmers.

You can watch the video of the event here:

What changes would you make to the farm bill?

Comments (15)

Rose Alexander - May 11, 2018

Please remember that our farmers are the backbone of our country.
I live close to farmers and watch them work so very hard to prepare the soil correctly prior to planting corn, wheat, soybeans, peas, beans , and other foods we buy in the grocery stores.
Our farmers start at the beginning of each new year preparing their fields so that we can harvest foods for the freezer and/or canning.
Please do the right thing for our farmers.

Rose Alexander - May 11, 2018

My comments are typed in a comment above.

Lee Lehrer - May 11, 2018

I feel all subsidies should rolled back and eliminated no matter what indusdry. The farmer is his own worst enemy ,price is up on his comity the he produces , he produces more to make more money,the price is down he produces more to make up the driffence.

David - May 11, 2018

I am really not on top of this subject, but all subsides to cotton and tobacco farmers need to go.
Also, payments to farmers for not growing crops need to be eliminated if they still exist.

Scott Houde - May 11, 2018

I support the efforts to make some type of changes to the farm bill. My only concern is if there are some that will not survive, and have that farm land fall into either developer hands for another mall or to corporate farms using Monsanto GMO seeds. I prefer my food closet to what Mother Nature had intended. The overweight and obesity epidemic is costing us dearly.

Anita Dragoo - May 11, 2018

1st change: separate SNAP – Food stamps from Farm issues into 2 bills. 2nd: consider unintended consequences of regulations on middle men. Farmers are on the low end of the chain and consumer prices are most affected by mid-men, shippers, packagers, retailers but the farmer suffers most in price fluctuations. 3rd: Keep the safety net. McClintock didn’t seem to understand that farming is not limited to consumer demand. Weather is an uncontrollable risk. Likewise, farmers face limits to what crops are growable in certain climates and soils. Wheat-producing locales aren’t the same as orange-producing locales, so I felt the suggestion to change commodities to meet consumer demand showed lack of understanding the small farmers’ problems. Finally, work with farmers to improve foreign trade agreements. Because of the weather/climate limitations and risks, don’t use farmers to manipulate foreign sanctions and deficits.

Glynnda White - May 11, 2018

First separate the Farm bill and the SNAP program. Put work requirements on the SNAP……next remove all subsidies that are now provided to farmers for growing or not growing certain crops and let them grow what they wish. Third, reduce spending and personnel by 25% now, another 25% in 2019 (based on today’s numbers, not numbers from the first cut) and sunset the program with an end date of 12/31/20.

Julius N Hill - May 11, 2018

Eliminate ethanol subsidies.

David Douglas - May 11, 2018

I would add a rule for anyone receiving food stamps or any other form of government assistance that people receiving welfare benefits may not have additional children after they enroll. If a woman gets pregnant she can choose to keep the baby and go off welfare, or give the baby up for adoption and continue to receive benefits. I think this would have an immediate impact and reduce the incidence of welfare generations. Same for young unmarried women who get pregnant. Don’t expect the government to bail you out.

Randy Hagood - May 12, 2018

I haven’t viewed the bill, but very proud to see us cutting out misdirected pork fat. Only thing I would look at is farm subsidies and anything a democratic moron added to the pot. With all due respect, the financial hemorrhaging needs to stop. I called Mack Thornberrys Amarillo office and advised him and his colleagues to get off their butts and act like GOP members!!!!

Mrs. Phyllis Eix - May 12, 2018

I respect the plans recommended by Heritage, because they are the result of serious study and consideration by qualified individuals. I thank them for their service on this subject.

Tom norman - May 12, 2018

Phase out the miguided, stupid, politically motivated ethanol requiment.

Kathy Williams - May 12, 2018

I don’t know what is in the current farm bill, but I kn I what I’ve seen. Here in Leelanau county I’ve seen our cherry farmers literally have to pile cherries on the ground and then run over them so they can’t be used. I find this tragic , let alone immoral, especially when it is such a wonderful food. Something is very wrong when our farmers are forced to destroy a food source, not even being able to donate it, all to keep prices artificially higher. Don’t they get that more people would buy the product if they could afford it? In the mean time, our children suffer from many forms of disease due to processed foods. And do all you can to get rid of the subsidies. Let the free market reign and give the small farmer a chance.

Diane Jones - May 12, 2018

Subsidies for NOT growing something need to go. Family farms are having a lot of trouble making it today against Big Business farms who want to rule the world and set their own prices. They need to be controlled. the little farmer needs the help.
SNAP has to be taken out of this bill. subsidies to tobacco farmers need to go. We know what smoking does to health. SNAP saves lives. It can mean the difference between paying for food and paying for medicine. Many are seniors; sick, unable to work even for age, children need to be fed proper nutrition. Those boxes are full of fat, carb, salt. They need fresh food that spoils if left for too long. Food banks can supply the carb, salt and fat in non perishable foods, boxes, cans etc. SNAP allows them to go to the Farmer’s Market for fresh veggies and fruits. There should be a federal rule on what folks can buy with SNAP, no liquor no cigs, no filet Mingon. I know there are states that have no rules on it. WRONG.

Michael Brown - May 13, 2018

I agree with this reports outcome is that farm subsisties get in the way of the market-system control of pricing. The members are all well informed and I really enjoyed hearing from McClintock and Norman the most. Thanks for sharing.

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