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

Release Date: 

11/08/2007

Contact(s): 

Contact: 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 Chuck Hagel’s announcement that he has co-sponsored the Dorgan-Grassley payment limitation amendment to the farm bill.
"We appreciate Senator Hagel’s support of the Dorgan-Grassley amendment and his leadership on payment limitations in this farm bill and the 2002 farm bill. 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 Hagel for standing up on this issue. 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.

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

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