The Farm Bureau supports unlimited commodity subsidies — subsidies that help the nation’s largest farms drive family farmers out of business. Responding to a draft version of the 2007 Farm Bill, the Farm Bureau said in a press release:
While Farm Bureau was pleased there are no cuts to payment limits in the proposal, the organization will watch the debate closely in the future. â€œWe recognize that the farm bill debate is far from over and that changes are likely in the coming weeks,â€ said Stallman. â€œFarm Bureau will be particularly watchful of changes to payment limitations and adjusted gross income caps.â€
In so doing, Farm Bureau is protecting the interests of these “farms.”
|1||Balmoral Farming Partnership||Newellton, LA||$7,908,563|
|2||Phillips Farm||Yazoo City, MS||$5,893,194|
|3||Due West||Glendora, MS||$5,417,792|
|4||Kelley Enterprises||Burlison, TN||$4,933,845|
|5||Walker Place||Danville, IL||$4,627,034|
|6||R A Pickens & Son Company||Pickens, AR||$4,307,636|
|7||Dublin Farms||Corcoran, CA||$4,286,864|
|8||Morgan Farms||Cleveland, MS||$4,192,828|
|9||Perthshire Farms||Gunnison, MS||$4,161,420|
|10||P G C Farms||Brinson, GA||$4,157,017|
The Farm Bureau has long claimed to be the â€œlargest farmer-member organizationâ€ in the country, but when it comes to Farm Bill politics, they are a lobby for the interests of large agribusiness. Supporting $8 million subsidy checks is no way to be a friend of the farmer.
With their support for unlimited subsidy checks, Farm Bureau is helping to drive the continued consolidation of agriculture. I’m sure their lobbyists in Washington talk a good line about supporting farmers, but in the countryside the devastating effects of the agricultural policy they help write is clear.