Farm Bill: Money for Nothin’… I Want My Subsidy
I want government to stop all handouts.
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The four principal farm bill negotiators have tentatively agreed on a framework for a new farm bill. A central aspect of this framework would be hilarious if it weren’t so sad.
The House and Senate farm bills both eliminate a program called direct payments because it pays farmers who don’t even plant a single seed. In other words, farmers get money for nothing.
Now, the negotiators are replacing the direct payments program with new programs that would also pay farmers for doing nothing.
This is how it works: Under direct payments, farmers don’t get paid for what they actually plant, but instead get paid for what are called “base acres.”