Center for Rural Affairs Calls Senate Farm Bill “Fatally Flawed”
“Any farm bill without real payment limits reform is doomed to fail. Rural people gain nothing from a farm bill that spends more money in a manner that destroys family farms and undermines rural communities,” said Chuck Hassebrook, Executive Director of the Center for Rural Affairs. “This farm bill is fatally flawed,” Hassebrook concluded.
“The responsibility for killing reform lies with a small handful of Northern Plains and Midwestern Senators who sided with selfish interests over the good of the overwhelming majority of farmers and rural people,” said Hassebrook.
The Dorgan Grassley amendment would have closed loopholes, placed a hard cap of $250,000 on payments and invested the savings in small business development, beginning farmers and other initiatives to create future in rural America.
Hassebrook pointed out that the Senate farm bill does include several important provisions that are steps in the right direction. They include investments in conservation and rural development. Hassebrook also praised the inclusion of livestock market reforms such as a prohibition on packer ownership of livestock and other competition provisions in the Livestock Title.
“But on balance, the Senate voted today for a farm bill that will continue to destroy family farming and undermine rural communities by preserving the unlimited subsidies that the nation’s largest farms use to drive their neighbors out of business,” said Hassebrook.