Due to the fact that our farms and ranches are largely family owned (98%) the family operations have grown as new generations have joined the farm ownership. This proposed income limit keeps those farms and my families from participating in the Farm Bill programs.
As an example my families farm encompasses 1400 acres and a 475 cow dairy in two states. If you divide that by the number of family members that have ownership (4) it becomes four much smaller operations. The reason behind one large operation is the benefit of a larger purchasing and bargaining unit when it comes time to buy feed,seed or supplies.
The income cap that is being proposed not only affects a farms ability to receive direct payments, it also precludes them from participating in the environmental programs as well. The environmental programs from the farm bill has allowed our operation on one of many projects to conserve over 11,000,000 gallons of water annually. One of the rules of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a cost match from the farmer that is normally about 50% of the project cost.
Too often Modern Farming and Agriculture gets painted with a very broad brush. If the time is taken to look at the details one will see that the intended benefit is really a detriment to the people the rule is trying to protect.
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