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March 28, 2014

Where will the farm bill take us?

Farmers unhappy about the end of direct payments

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John Anderson, deputy chief economist with the Farm Bureau Federation, said the ARC program will probably be preferable for most farmers in this part of the state.

How closely an individual farm’s revenues mirror farm revenues across that farm’s home county will probably determine whether a farmer should choose the ARC program with county-wide benchmarks, Anderson added.

Roberts said he’s so unsatisfied with the new programs, he’s considering whether or not he’ll even sign up.

“It’s a huge sacrifice farmers are making to reduce the national debt,” Roberts said. “Even though the ag economy is really good, all of these programs are beating it down … it’s not a good scenario, going into the next five years.”

Scott Smith is on Twitter, @JasonSSmith1, and can be emailed at scott.smith@kokomotribune.com

 

 

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