Center for Rural Affairs Praises Nelson for Co-Sponsoring Payment Limits

Release Date: 

11/07/2007

Contact(s): 

Chuck Hassebrook, chuckh@cfra.org, (402) 687-2103 ext. 1018 Or John Crabtree, johnc@cfra.org, (402) 687-2103 ext. 1010
Lyons, NE - Today the Center for Rural Affairs praised Senator Ben Nelson's announcement that he has co-sponsored the Dorgan-Grassley payment limitation amendment to the farm bill.

"We appreciate Senator Nelson’s leadership on the Dorgan-Grassley amendment. Family farmers and rural Nebraskans overwhelmingly support closing the loopholes that allow the nation's largest farms to evade payment limitations," said Chuck Hassebrook, Executive Director of the Center for Rural Affairs.

Last week the Center for Rural Affairs along with 74 other organization and individuals from across the United States released a letter urging Senators to vote for the Dorgan-Grassley payment limitation amendment to the farm bill.

The amendment, sponsored by Senators Byron Dorgan of North Dakota and Charles Grassley of Iowa would place a hard cap of $250,000 on annual farm program payments and close the loopholes that allow the nation's largest farms to evade the porous paper limits.

"The Dorgan-Grassley amendment will prevent farm programs from subsidizing mega farms to drive their smaller neighbors out of business by bidding land away from them. We applaud Senator Nelson for standing up on this. Rural Nebraskans stand with him," added Hassebrook.

According to the Center for Rural Affairs, the savings from these commonsense reforms would be committed to high priority investments in the future of Rural America through nutrition, beginning farmer, conservation and rural development programs, including Senator Nelson's Rural Microenterprise Assistance Program.

Senator Chuck Hagel has also indicated that he will support the Dorgan-Grassley amendment.

To view the original release visit: http://www.cfra.org/nelson-supports-payment-limits

For additional information on payment limits visit: http://www.cfra.org/policy/2007

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