I find the structure and rationale for the various programs inaccessible
to the public.
I personally have received payment for "not growing tobacco," under a
commodity program I do not understand. Actually, I lease the right to
grow tobacco to someone who actually (presumably, not that I have
checked) does grow the stuff.
I have no idea when and why that program came into being. That seems
like just the thing which ought to be on the Internet. I think the
(mainly urban) public would be much more sympathetic to the farm
programs if they were a bit more straightforward. Even a sensible
program will look stupid if its purpose is kept a secret, whether by
oversight or intent.
Hal Hamilton wrote:
> Sal's forward built humor on farmers receiving checks for not raising hogs
> and not raising corn. It was humorous but fictitious. Surely people on
> this list know more than this! Farmers don't receive checks for not raising
> hogs, never have to my knowledge. This is a typical urban myth about farm
> policy, which is a curious business to be sure, but which is too important
> to be so trivialized.
> Hal Hamilton
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