Skip to comments.Lawmakers push one-year extension of farm bill in bid to avert spike in milk prices
Posted on 12/31/2012 9:57:53 AM PST by impimp
The leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October, a move that could head off a possible doubling of milk prices next month. But House leaders have yet to say whether they will allow a vote on it.
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Just so nobody thinks I am anti-rural. I say cut off the urban transportation funding and welfare programs used by city-dwellers. Leaches are everywhere and they need to be cut off.
Leach is a harsh word. If I could get free money I would likely take it too. That being said they should ALL be cut off.
Embrace the cliff!!!
Because repealing the 1949 law that would have caused the problem would have just been too damn simple!
I FULLY agree, it’s about time CITY-LEECHES find out what food REALLY costs.
Dump this crapola. If milk is worth 8 bucks then it is 8 bucks. I really despise the US government having me make up the difference.
Must be nice to live in such a simple world.
I totally agree. Because of government interference we don’t know what anything costs.
I’m not sure I like the cliff unless it will result in maximizing moocher pain and I don’t think it will.
The milk subsidies would not be necessary if we weren’t burning a large share of the cattle feed for our cars.
They need to cut off the ethanol mandate. That will lower the cost of corn feed for those dairy cows and bring the cost of that milk down.
Spot on. We keep ginning up the law-making machine, why don’t they go in for which ones can be deleted? EVER?
Here is the BIGGEST “Leeches”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northeast_Dairy_Compact
Still trying to wrap my head around taxpayers subsidizing 50% of every gallon of milk sold. Does the Farm Bill subdidize milk to such an extent or is this public posturing to ensure the subsidies continue?
You must understand that the market controls the price. We sent ships of wheat to sea in the 1930’s and sank the vessels.
8 bucks a gallon of milk would last less than a week. Farmers might have to cut back on that new Mercedes purchase.
Government interference and regulation to the rescue!
Yep, that’s worked so well. Reap the whirlwind!
“You must understand that the market controls the price”
You must understand the market has had little to do with the price of food for decades.
Pull out price supports and the agriculture industry, what is left of it, will collapse. Leaving the US with inadequate food resources, tends of thousands unemployed farmers, and a need to import even more food.
The subsidies need to be cut but it needs to be done in a responsible way.
If the agriculture industry (or any other industry for that matter) depends upon government interference, then we are truly in trouble. Let producers produce, and either make it or not on their own. Food would be cheaper, even if we had to import it.
I guess it is time to bring the market back. Rip that government band-aid right off.
I am not a fan of anything government. You are apparently dependent on it. We could never reach a solution to the ability of government to fall into the wrong hands.
Then let it collapse. I am not scared of the bogeymen you and others like you use to frighten us with.
Milk cows don’t eat that much corn when producing milk. When they’re not producing milk, they consume some corn in their feed.
To produce milk, milk cows need protein - and lots of it. Milk production is tied to the amount of crude protein that can be put into their diet. This comes from two sources: Alfalfa hay (and hot alfalfa hay) and soybean meal (when milk cows are on “mixed rations.”)
The biggest cost inputs for dairies right now have to do with things like hay costs, diesel fuel and cost(s) of replacement heifers. In the last two years, dairies have culled their herds pretty hard due to drought, and that impacts replacement heifer costs down the line. Feed costs due to the lack of hay and pasture are simply at absurd heights.
That and the fact big agri has contaminated our seed stock in pursuit of mass production to feed the urban areas to the point we cannot export rice and other grains.
These 3rd world shi_-holes that are starving don’t want our food just our money.
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