Tuesday, January 09, 2007

AFBF Meeting Continues

The 2007 AFBF meeting in Salt Lake City continued with US Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns telling participants about the upcoming farm bill discussions:

“We are looking at all suggestions that have been made,” Johanns said. A
tremendous amount of input on what the next farm bill should look like has been
gathered by USDA, including 4,000 comments gathered during listening sessions
around the country.
Johanns noted that in 2000, right before the 2002 farm
bill was written, $32 billion, a record high, was paid in farm subsidies. “And
yet, the farm economy was far from impressive,” he said

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