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Bad news for rural areas

January 19, 2013

To the Editor: A recent Minnesota House Rules Committee meeting marked the final opportunity to prevent Minnesota’s ag funding interests from being controlled by a Minneapolis lawmaker....

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Jan-25-13 9:59 PM

Family farms have been at a disadvantage for many years. I am tired of helping farmers that really don't need it. No one helps a business when it goes under--they just file for bankruptcy. If I am laid off or lose my job there is no one to help me. Our food prices and fuel prices have climbed because we are using food for fuel. Brazil uses a type of grass for their ethanol which is not food for livestock. etc. Our government can never seem to find a happy medium without hurting a segment of the population. Do we really need farm subsidies for the wealthy farmers--I am so tired of listening to that as my grocery bill keeps on climbing.

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Jan-20-13 10:34 AM

This news unfourtunatly does not come as much of a shock to me as it should be. Agriculture the backbone of America, but why help a farmer who takes risks every year to provide for this country. I am a young woman who grew up on a small family farm and still help there today when I am not working full time and taking care of my own livestock. My husband and I decided to start our own family business in order to pass on our farm family values to our children, we both grew up on a farm and would never want our children to grow up another way. The farm plans help small farmers get started, help if there is a severe drought, ect to ensure that these farmers do not loose everything from one bad year, because honestly that can happen, mostly to the small family farmers that are very rare to find these days. It is sad that America is supposed to be the backbone of America but it is going to get harder and harder to stay that way if young farmers can not get help to get started, etc.

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