Obamas Latest Assault On Small Farms… Government Aid Will Be Redirected To Insurance Corporations Not To Farmers



This week, the Senate will discuss the future of the 5 year farm and food aid bill that assisted farmers
with government aid when in-climate weather devastated crop yields or
the market price of food dropped by providing direct payments or
subsidized insurance programs.

While the details of how changes to this bill will affect small farmers, the $5 billion allocated to the bill is no longer feasible as the budget on Capitol Hill tightens.

Eighty percent of the monies in the half-trillion-dollar costs over
the next 5 years will be directed to nutrition programs; including food
stamps that more than 46% of Americans now receive.

One hundred billion devoted to crop subsidies and various farm programs are expected to suffer.

The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee
approved a bill that removed $23 billion over the next decade by ending
direct payments and consolidating payments to small farmers.

The Senate approved that monies be redirected to subsidized crop
insurance programs, that would be reimbursed to small farms should they
experience revenue loss based on a five year trend and the size of their

Senator Debbie Stabenow, head of the Senate Committee, reminds the
House to “make [it] clear that the era of direct payments is over.”

The Obama administration is pushing for the end of direct payments,
wanting the cash to go to insurance corporations for distribution to

By not giving farmers a choice, they are supporting the
assertions of Obama that payments should come from insurance
corporations and not directly through the government.

Obama is effectively assigning small owner-operated farms to sit at the mercy of the insurance corporations.

Obama is interested in furthering his National Bioeconomy Blueprint which supports genetic engineering as a main component of “American innovation and economic growth”.

This initiative will enable genetically modified and bio-engineered
“food, animal feed, fiber for clothing and housing and sources of
energy” to be made available to the public through the “convergence of
biology with engineering and other sciences”.

The President’s assault on small family-owned farms has included a
proposition that children who live on a farm in rural areas be banned from doing chores around the farm.

By August 31, 2012, the new regulations set forth by Obama and the DoL
will mandate government safety training and certification in classes
will replace those once provided by rural institutions like the 4-H and
the FFA.

A 90 hour federal government training course will be required by law.

The White House Rural Council is empowered to:

Coordinate and increase the effectiveness of Federal engagement with
rural stakeholders, including agricultural organizations, small
businesses, education and training institutions, health-care providers,
telecommunications services providers, research and land grant
institutions, law enforcement, State, local, and tribal governments, and
nongovernmental organizations regarding the needs of rural America.


Susanne Posel – June 5, 2012 – posted at BeforeIt’sNews





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