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Published May 20, 2013, 10:33 AM

Stop subsidies to wealthy farmers

Are subsidies fair when times are good in agriculture?

By: Alan Roebke, Agweek

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — As Congress focuses on the 2013 farm bill, I ask my fellow taxpayers to add this to the debate: If a Minnesota farmer farms an area equivalent to Minnesota’s Itasca State Park, which is about 33,250 acres, or about one and a half townships, should we allow the 2013 farm bill to continue the policies of the 2008 farm bill of paying about 60 percent of our millionaire farmers’ crop insurance premium?

If this mega-farmer elected to use federal crop insurance like most U.S. farmers did on their 2012 and 2013 crops, his taxpayer-funded premium reduction in 2012 and 2013 would be about $1 million per year in subsidy grants.

It’s OK with Congress. Is it OK with you?

Editor’s Note: Roebke is from Alexandria, Minn.