The Register printed an excellent editorial from Steve Ellis and Scott Faber urging delay on the Farm Bill. (11/13/2012 – “Congress should pass a fiscally responsible farm bill extension” – see link below) I agree that Congress should pass a one-year bill extension that is fully paid for by cuts to subsidies for those who do not need taxpayer support. Farm subsidy payments, if any, should be based on need and should be limited in total dollar amount that any farm, or related group of farms, can receive. Crop insurance subsidies should also be either eliminated or means tested. Wealthy farmers should not receive subsidized crop insurance. The Farm Bill needs to be fully exposed to open debate and to thoughtful deliberation, not rushed through behind closed doors.
Link to DM Register article: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012311130040&nclick_check=1