7/29/2013 at 12:00 a.m.
On the opinion page of today's USA Today,
AFBF President Bob Stallman provides the "Opposing View" to the paper's anti-farm bill editorial
The editorial board denounces ag spending in the recently passed farm bills, arguing the House version "retains lavish subsidies for an agriculture sector that is doing much better than many other parts of the economy" and the Senate version "rewards inefficiency and creates monopolies and cartels, all in an effort to transfer wealth from taxpayers to farmers."
Under the headline "Armchair farmers don't feed the USA,"
Stallman defends the U.S. farm safety net, writing: "Crop insurance is federally supported because of the significant risks involved in farming. Last year's drought did not affect just a couple of Midwest corn farmers; it hit nearly all of them. This support helps farmers afford the premiums that companies charge in order to meet legal requirements."