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PostPosted: August 13 19, 2:28 pm 
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pioneer98 wrote:
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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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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