Letters from Readers
To the editor:
It’s time to stand up for family farmers.
According to Brian Hoops of Midwest Market Solutions (January 17, 2020, page 4A), despite lousy weather and prevented planting across much of the U.S., corn price “upside potential appears limited unless a weather issue develops in South America.” South America? He also concludes, “South America looks to produce a record soybean crop if weather is normal during the next few weeks. This will cut into U.S. exports and limit upside potential.” On top of that, University of Illinois economist Todd Hubbs projects increases for next year’s U.S. planted acreage of corn and beans-substantially for soybeans-with prices for the next marketing year expected to be 40 cents lower for both crops. Rainforest in Brazil is being burned and bulldozed to grow more corn and soybeans, and this too makes price prospects even more bleak. So do you hear a peep out of the Soybean Association, Iowa Corn Growers, or the Farm Bureau? No, because they are responsible for using fake economics and propaganda to saddle us with this ridiculous globalized system, forfeiting our national food sovereignty. They cheer the USMCA that really offers nothing for farmers but only increases exports for Smithfield, JBS, Prestage, Cargill, etc. Their only answer has been MFP payments to add to the already unbelievable one TRILLION dollar federal budget deficit. I guess we’re all supposed to be happy tax-and-spend Democrats and Republicans. We need to recognize that it’s fake economics that says Iowa farmers should grow corn and soybeans at a loss to feed packing companies’ hogs and cattle here and in Mexico. It’s also fake economics that says taxpayers (and future taxpayers) should shell out billions to keep the farm economy from totally crashing or get farmeres to raise cover crops. Government payments to farmers are not subsidies to farmers; they are subsidies to these meat processors. Any sound economic theory would say that these multinational processing companies should be paying what it really costs to raise the feed so we could be farming as true stewards of the land. Senator Sander’s proposed farm policy based on the parity principle is the only proposed policy that will restore family farmers’ rightful respect and economic standing. Independent voters and Republican voters, too, should become Democrats for one night and join their neighbors to caucus for Senator Bernie Sanders February 3.
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