Illinois Farmers Worry They’ll Be Left Behind In Federal Budget

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — A so-called “super-committee” has been formed to tackle federal budget cuts, but some farmers worry agriculture won’t get a fair seat at the table.

Agriculture accounts for less than 1 percent of the federal budget, which is why some are concerned the 2012 Farm Bill will be glossed over to focus on bigger ticket items such as defense and entitlement programs.

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U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-Colona) says agriculture will get the attention it deserves. “We’ve got to see how it plays out, and if it looks like it’s turning the wrong way then we’ve got to do something about it,” says Schilling. “I wanted to see someone on Ag and someone from the Department of Defense on there, and we did get one Ag person on.”

The Farm Bill is crafted every five years or so to fund farming programs and initiatives and everything under the USDA’s purview.

Schilling says it’s possible discussions about the 2012 bill will be delayed until 2013.

  • tom Sharp

    In many cases, not all, farm subsidies hurt the consumer and only help the rich farmers. The high prices of corn go directly to ethanol subsidies. The high price of anything with sugar in go to the totally insane subsidies and protective tariffs the sugar growers get thanks to their lobby. The biggest, richest farmers get almost all of the subsidies, so that the marginal guy gets almost nothing. Meanwhile, a decent loaf of bread cost $3 to $4,many dairy products are up 50% in the last 2 years, and a good roast can set you back $50+. This entire industry need reform, starting in Washington and the state of Illinois.

  • billy

    I don’t believe these farmers deserve this huge amount of subsidies. look at the tractors, the combines, huge tractor trailers to haul their own corn. when prices go low. the tractors just sit. what’s really funny is when i see them traveling over 70 miles an hour to drop off a load worth less the 7.00 a bushel.
    your crazy.

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