Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Do It: Close the Millionaire Corporate Farm Subsidy Loophole

 This is about family farmers vs. corporate agri-business; David vs. Goliath agriculture.

Please act now to help end the corporate farm bailout!

If you care about family farmers having equal access to opportunities and the land you need to act in the next 48 hours. The USDA is taking comments on the farm payment limitation rule until the end of Monday, April 6, 2009, so send yours in now. For a sample letter, view the website.  

In his (non)state of the union speech, President Obama courageously brought up one of the most contentious issues from the 2008 Farm Bill debate when he called for ending “direct payments to large agribusinesses that don’t need them.”

As part of his 2010 budget, the President proposed phasing-out direct payments in an attempt to save $9.8 billion over 10 years. Currently direct payments, which total $5.2 billion a year, are paid regardless of crop prices and are not tied to need.

This means: Even in times of high commodity prices, corporate farmers still get a paycheck from the government.

End unfair subsidies now!

In mentioning unfair agribusiness subsidies, the President let supporters and agribusiness know that he’s serious about defending the rights of family farmers and giving them access to fair market conditions.

Today’s current subsidy system allows large corporate farms to take advantage of subsidy loopholes that place independent family farmers at a serious competitive disadvantage.

Because of loosely written management and labor requirements in the Farm Bill, corporate farmers are allowed to use multiple partnerships, passive investors and sham “paper” farms to funnel huge multimillion dollar annual subsidy payments to corporate entities that don’t do any real work on the farm, but use the ownership as an entitlement to bilk payments from the government.

As a result, giant corporate millionaire “farmers” are driving independent family farmers off the land, using their ill-gotten gains, supplied courtesy of taxpayers, to outbid small, midsized and new farmers who want to buy or rent new crop ground.

Please act now to help end the corporate farm bailout.

  1. Here’s a message from Food Democracy Now:

    We regret to inform you that Dan McGlynn has been on vacation since Thursday. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of responses, Mr. McGlynn’s USDA email box has exceeded capacity. This is highly unusual, but a testament to our successful efforts.

    As this is the last day for the comment period on payment limitations and many of you have expressed concern that your voice is not being heard, the USDA has provided an alternative email address to send your comments.

    Like President Obama, we believe this is an important issue and appreciate your continued efforts and apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. We very much appreciate your continued efforts and support.

    At this point you can visit the website to find out how to get your message where it needs to go by the end of today (April 6 EST)

    http://www.fooddemocracynow.org/2009/04/06/to-send-a-your-comments-in-through-regulationsgov/

    Thanks again for all you do, we appreciate your continued efforts on this important subject.

    Best,
    Dave
    Food Democracy Now!

  2. I was searching through Google doing research for a blog article, when I found this article, I’m not sure how you appeared for this term – quirky wedding cakes. Thought I would let you know! Thanks Lynette xx

  3. Jade
    That looks like a fun cake. I bet you, the groom, and guests had a great time.

    It’s good to know that weddings are no longer so traditional and fun elements have been added to the mix.

  4. If we are ever going to improve the current health care crisis, our nation’s food policy must be addressed and corrected. We need to end the unfair subsidies now!

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