Farm subsidies: Good politics or political suicide?

Duskin, Edgar W.
March 2005
Southeast Farm Press;3/23/2005, Vol. 32 Issue 9, p28
Trade Publication
This article reports that farmers in the South see drastic reduction or elimination of subsidies for cotton and Southern row crops as the death knell for Southern agriculture. The age old adage that the Republicans have good policy for everything but agriculture continues to prove itself. Farmers now have OMB and U.S. President George W. Bush's budget proposal seeking to limit payments to mostly Southern agriculture to levels below those in the 2002 farm bill. Government press releases claim farmers don't need subsidies since crops have been so good in the last couple of years. Southern farmers say that at best even with good yields they just break even.


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