Moderated by Rick Badie
The U.S. Senate has begun work on a new five-year farm bill that would spend $970 billion on federal agriculture and cut expenditures by $23.6 billion during the next decade. Safety nets for Southern growers remain a concern. Georgia peanut farmers, for example, want direct payments to continue while Midwestern corn and soybean producers favor crop insurance. Submit your comments below.
Ga. peanut farmers deserve a fair shake
By Armond Morris
The U.S. Senate is debating the 2012 farm bill, and peanut farmers are concerned about the proposals being bandied about in Washington.
Nothing in the proposed Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 that passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee and is on the floor of the Senate provides any safety net for peanut farmers. I hope we can continue to work with Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and other senators to find common ground.
What a farm bill does is provide a