Thursday, June 07, 2007

Some Farmers Just Aren't Real

In a statement today, House Ag Committee Chair, Colin Peterson D-MN said that farmers with under 10 acres weren't real farmers:

Speaking earlier this week in Georgia, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., was quoted by a local newspaper as telling his audience that 255,000 farmers -- just over 10 percent of all farmers -- have operations of fewer than 10 acres and therefore are "not real farmers." Instead, he said, these small operators are "city people," and that excluding them from federal farm programs could save the government $2.4 billion. "This might be a way to raise money," Peterson said.

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