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PostPosted: August 13 19, 2:28 pm 
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I'm not against subsidizing farmers so that they grow more than they would at that max profit point - but the idea should be to grow more so we can feed more people. Not to grow more so we can put corn into all these other places. We can grow lots and lots of things in the Midwest. People are growing grapes in vineyards. So I'd also favor subsidizing other crops than just corn and soybeans so that we can get a healthier mix than all this monoculture.

Except that 99% of the corn raised is used for non-food reasons. It's used for livestock feed, E85 Ethanol and most predominantly the corn products like corn starch, corn syrup. And as IMAD points out, alot of the machinery needed to say harvest corn is pretty specialized.


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PostPosted: August 15 19, 5:11 am 
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Iowa Farmers Stick With Trump Despite Trade War
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In and around the livestock barns, agriculture building and an antique-tractor collection at the Iowa State Fair in recent days, farmers almost universally expressed support for the president and pledged to vote for him in 2020.

“He’s doing a good job and trying to make sure we’re treated fairly,” said Kevin Prevo, a fifth-generation farmer who raises corn, soybeans, cattle and hogs on about 1,400 acres near Bloomfield, Iowa. Mr. Prevo showed zero uncertainty when asked whether he would vote for Mr. Trump again in 2020. “You bet,” he said
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"He’s doing the right thing,” said Leo Balk, a fifth-generation farmer who raises corn, soybeans, oats, beef and dairy cows on about 300 acres near New Hampton, Iowa. “It hurts, but his concept is absolutely right.”
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Dan Taylor, who farms about 900 acres of corn, soybeans and livestock near Bouton, Iowa, called the checks the “Trump payment” and said last year’s assistance came close to making up for losses incurred as a result of the trade war.

Mr. Taylor was a rare farmer who said he didn’t vote for Mr. Trump and compared farmers backing the president with evangelical Christians who, as a whole, have also strongly supported him even though some of his actions may be counter to their beliefs.

“The ag sector is the same way,” Mr. Taylor said. “They’ll still give him their loyalty, even though the trade war isn’t doing ag any good.”


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PostPosted: September 13 19, 1:24 pm 
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Big Ag Is Sabotaging Progress on Climate Change
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Iowa State University researcher Matt Liebman has shown on his demonstration farm that adding a third rotation of alfalfa or native grass to the predominant corn-soybean cropping system in the state could produce dramatic environmental benefits at no cost to farmers, including an 85 percent reduction in fertilizer use, a 97 percent drop in pesticide use, an elimination of soil erosion and water pollution from run-off, and a dramatic increase in carbon sequestration. A win-win solution that very few farmers have adopted. 'I couldn’t have devised an innovation that offended more of Iowa’s powerful agribusinesses,' the researcher told me. He said there was no way state officials were going to promote the kinds of markets, such as grass-fed beef from that alfalfa, that could make such a shift profitable for farmers.

Do you think Koch Industries wants to see an 85 percent reduction in its fertilizer sales? Does Monsanto want a 97 percent drop in pesticide use? If the reduction in land planted to corn and soybeans raised prices above their punishingly low levels now, how would Smithfield, Tyson, and other industrial livestock producers like the higher feed costs for their animals? Archer Daniels Midland sure doesn’t want to pay more for the corn it refines into ethanol.


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PostPosted: September 23 19, 1:02 pm 
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PostPosted: September 24 19, 11:48 am 
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PostPosted: November 1 19, 10:12 am 
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Nearly 40% of 2019 farm income will come from federal aid and insurance
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- In a 12-month period ending in September 2019, Chapter 12 farm or fishery bankruptcies totaled 580 filings, up 24% from a year earlier and the most since 2011, when 676 chapter 12 bankruptcies were filed.
- Wisconsin experienced the highest Chapter 12 bankruptcy filings at 48 filings, followed by 37 filings in Georgia, Nebraska and Kansas.
- Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Wisconsin and West Virginia reported Chapter 12 bankruptcy filings on par with or above 10-year highs


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PostPosted: November 1 19, 10:14 am 
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"Trade wars are good, and easy to win."


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PostPosted: November 1 19, 10:19 am 
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How is it determined who gets what with farming subsidies?


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