Direct payments to farmers should be eliminated in favor an improved revenue insurance program and a contribution to federal deficit reduction. A resolution to that effect was passed by Iowa Farm Bureau delegates at their summer policy conference last week. The policy also calls for the ACRE program to be based on county, rather than state, yields and revenue—and to include revenue protection for livestock as well. While the idea of eliminating direct payments is not new, it is, to our knowledge, the first time a farm group has made it part of their policy. We discussed the move with Iowa Farm Bureau president Craig Lang.
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