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Organic farming and the Farm Bill

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Just in case anyone needs another reason to 'love' the Farm Bill...

 

Link to the story

 

"The 2008 farm bill designates more resources to organics than ever. But organic growers won't find relief from one of their thorniest problems: renting land.

 

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He rented land from farmers who grow commodity crops like corn and rice. Under the farm bill they get direct payments, even if they don't plant a thing. But under the rules, if they plant vegetables, then they're penalized.

 

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"The entire 285 acres of this farm fell out of the farm program, because of this little patch we have right here," Hedin said. "Similarly the 70 acre farm behind us fell out, because of this seven acres we're renting. Between the two of them the total bill on that, the penalties for direct payments alone was $8,771 or something like that."

 

post #2 of 3

ARGH!  That is beyond ridiculous.  It's time we move beyond E-85 and all the corn subsidies...

post #3 of 3

jeez, that too silly, gotta love how 5#!+ like that works.

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