Statement on House Agriculture Committee’s Farm Payment Limits Proposal

Release Date: 

07/18/2007

Contact(s): 

John Crabtree, johnc@cfra.org, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1010; or Chuck Hassebrook, chuckh@cfra.org, Phone: (402) 687-2100
LYONS, NE – According to the Center for Rural Affairs, the proposed payment limitation provisions released last night by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN), that he has billed as a “reform” measure, is not reform and doubles farm payment limits for a vast majority of the nation’s largest farms.
“This should be called the Norwegian bachelor farmer payment limitation, because a few single farmers take a small cut and everyone else gets an increase. The effective limit on direct payments is increased from $80,000 to $120,000 for married farmers,” said Chuck Hassebrook, Executive Director of the Center for Rural Affairs.

“This proposal would give the nation’s biggest farms bigger subsidies to drive their neighbors out of business. The federal government would spend more to destroy family farming. Anyone who tells the American people this is reform is selling them a bill of goods,” continued Hassebrook.

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