(01-27-2011 01:20 AM)sandnsea Wrote: Yeah there are reasons they manage crop production. Has to do with both over/under supply and exhausting land by growing one crop too much. Goes back to the Dust bowl, afaik. There have been tweaks over the years. I generally support the program because it's not feasible to tell a dry land wheat farmer he has to grow soy beans this year, or something equally stupid. A wheat farmer knows how to grow wheat, not tomatoes. So if there is too much acreage in wheat which will disrupt the market, paying a SMALL farmer to not grow wheat is fine by me. What isn't fine by me is subsidizing Monsanto and ConAgra and every other major corporation who can clearly let land sit idle for a year and not go belly-up, unlike the true family farmer.
Yes I understand about crop management, I to think that SMALL farms need some help at times, but when multi millionaires bought up land, then applied for subsidies to NOT grow the wheat, and are now making huge amounts of money to let the land sit, I too have a problem whether they are huge corporations like Monsanto and Con Agra, or just rich investors who saw a good deal and jumped on the band wagon.
The program needs some drastic regulation, but it also needs oversight so its not abused. You can limit the amount of acreage for farmers to qualify, but many big land owners simply break up the land and divided it out between family members so they still get the money, even though they don't need it. I do agree that small family farms who need help should get it, but we have to stop those who are simply milking the system, investors and big corporations, from getting the subsidies.