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USDA funding to trade groups like
Christmas tree growers raises eyebrows

Washington Guardian, by John Solomon

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/29/2012 5:39:04 AM

Most Americans have never heard of the Risk Management Agency, but the obscure U.S. Agriculture Department office spreads good cheer and millions of dollars in grants each year to industry trade groups and universities in the name of promoting economic stability in the farming industry by reducing risk. Along the way, such well-oiled players as the $1 billion-a-year Christmas tree industry or the grape farmers who supply California’s booming winemakers have cashed in on the largesse. Even the lobby for prune growers got in on the action, scoring funds to teach its members how to better negotiate marketing contracts, records show.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/29/2012 5:57:39 AM     (No. 9088294)

Now we face $8 a gallon milk if the government stops buying excess production and converting it to powered milk that rots in warehouses. Of course this creates a lot of jobs in the powdered milk industry,so it has to keep going.

I think if Romney was elected,he would have phased out a lot of this crap but with Obamaclaus,it´s business as usual or even worse.Wind,solar and batteries have become renewable pork.

All these trade groups would have to say if their subsidies got cut,is it would cost jobs and that´s the end of the conversation.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Country Boy, 12/29/2012 7:07:39 AM     (No. 9088325)

Hey, look. Obama and the Dems are trying to bankrupt us as fast as possible. Gotta be creative.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: billp, 12/29/2012 8:13:25 AM     (No. 9088405)

As a conservative Christian, I believe that the Christmas-Tree industry can and should make it on it´s own. Same with all the rest of these groups. Milk producers should make it on the milk sold to people who use it - not the government. If prices go up, maybe more people who have otherwise unused land (about 65 acres for me) in rural areas will begin producing their own milk, trees or other farm products and, maybe even sell some to neighbors. Same with any other agricultural product.

Oh, of course some of the laws and regs that were put in place at the behest of some of these ´producers´ to protect their market from smaller competitors would have to be abolished.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: billp, 12/29/2012 8:16:23 AM     (No. 9088410)

Should have been, "As a conserve..."

I´ve really come to hate the touchpad on this laptop.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Twiggy, 12/30/2012 1:30:27 AM     (No. 9089445)

Why should our tax dollars go to supplement private industry at all. No wonder we are broke when you read every day more wasteful spending. There is no end to the crazy things the gov. props up and I don´t think it is the responsibility of the Fed. gov. to get involved in any of this but it´s probably payback for votes.

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