Budgets are tight and that means tough decisions have to be made regarding the best places to invest taxpayer dollars. There is one place to find real dollars — close the loopholes in farm program payment limitations and put the savings into rural economic development programs.
Farm programs are important, but investing in rural small business creation is a better use of our tax dollars than sending million-dollar checks to mega-farms. Making the current paper limits real in farm programs is a bipartisan, common-sense reform supported by rural citizens and true family farmers throughout Nebraska. Republican Sen. Grassley of Iowa and Democratic Sen. Dorgan of North Dakota have introduced legislation to do just that, and limit farm program payments to $250,000 – a first step to revitalizing farming and rural communities. We urge members of Congress to support this legislation.
Rural development programs in the farm bill are crucial to the future of rural America. Congress needs to match its stated commitment to such programs with real funds. Putting real dollars behind the rural development title of the 2007 Farm Bill would demonstrate a true commitment to our rural communities.