The House of Representatives passed their version of the 2012 agriculture appropriations bill on
Thursday, June 16 by a narrow vote of 217-203. Nineteen Republicans and all the Democrats opposed
the spending bill.
Michael Melius wrote from Hermosa, South Dakota – where he operates a small produce farm – to say,
“It’s time to declare federal farm subsidies a success and begin phasing them out. Times have
Given our vast agricultural resources, it makes sense to look at food as having the potential to
build small town economies in Nebraska and other agricultural states. Is it the solution to
prosperity? It’s definitely worth a good hard look.