WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), a member of the
House Agriculture Committee, made the following statement today in
response to the Obama Administration's position on eliminating direct
payments to producers.

"Agriculture is the backbone of Ohio's, and our nation's, economy. Our
farmers already struggle to maintain daily operations and during this
time of economic uncertainty safety nets exist to provide support to
ensure our nation's food supply is bountiful and safe.

Provisions in the 2008 Farm Bill provide these safety nets and while
less than 30 percent of the Farm Bill was dedicated to these programs,
they serve an important role and should not be eliminated.
Approximately 70 percent of the Farm Bill is dedicated to nutrition
programs, mainly food stamps, not agriculture programs.

Without safety nets, farms that have been in families for generations
could possibly cease to exist and the United States would be forced to
purchase agriculture products from foreign countries, placing additional
stress on our nation's economy and agriculture markets.

I will continue to fight for family farms to ensure their survival so
that our agricultural industry maintains it's important role in our

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First, all of those earmarks by Latta and now he's arguing FOR safety nets? What kind of fiscal conservative is he?

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What kind of fiscal conservative is he? Like others in his party, the hypocritical kind.

"Being supportive of one portion of a trillion dollar bill, but voting against the entire trillion dollar bill, is perfectly reasonable," Steel said.

What a laugh riot.

What a joke! Helping farmers? How about helping big business, then again, that that Republicans are all about.

President Obama’s proposal calling for the elimination of direct payments to large “agribusinesses” is drawing a strong reaction from members of Congress and some of the nation’s farm organizations.

In his budget recommendations for fiscal 2010, the president is asking Congress to end direct payments to large farming operations, reduce subsidies for federal crop insurance programs and eliminate storage payments on cotton.

The proposal also calls for phasing out farm program payments to growers with incomes of more than $500,000 over a three-year period, eliminating funding for the Resource Conservation and Development Program and a 20 percent reduction in USDA Market Access Promotion program funding.

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