The CRP: Paying Farmers Not to Farm

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by heron88, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. heron88 macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2008
    Government program pays $1.3 Billion to farmers who dont farm.

    Washington Post Link

    NPR Link

    I think this is absolutely ridiculous for many reasons. What do you think?
  2. Ugg macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2003
    The program does have its benefits although they are expensive. Taking marginal land out of production is a good thing but it can devastate communities. No crops, no need for fertilizer, equipment, fuel, employees, etc.

    I do think that we need to stop this program as soon as possible. Too many farmers ands wannabe farmers now have a sense of entitlement. With global climate change likely to make even more land marginal, it could be a hugely expensive program in no time at all.
  3. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2006
    I agree that entitlements are bad not only for our country but the entire world.

    CRP has been around for a looong time and was originally intended to pay farmers to not farm their land during a time when there were huge grain reserves.

    Now days it is more used as a game management tool than anything else. In some states where ethanol production is booming (has HUGE state subsidies) farmers are gladly paying penalties to take their land out of the CRP program so they can sell corn for a decent profit.

    The bad part of that scenario is in states such as Minnesota, where there are big subsidies, ethanol takes a lot of energy and water to produce. More CO2 is output durning the process than using gasoline fuel. The entire flex fuel concept is a sham and is atrocious.
  4. drewsof07 macrumors 68000


    Oct 30, 2006
    Wasn't it originally intended to preserve the midwest farmland from dust storms?

    Also, you would be surprised what letting a field lie dormant for 5 years will do for the quality of soil. Crops come back strong after the soil has time to "rest".

    Farmers aren't getting rich, it isn't much $ that they actually receive. About $9 an acre around here.
    Where if you sell the grain off 1 acre, it's MUCH more... especially if you turn out 2-3 crops per year.
  5. Desertrat macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2003
    Terlingua, Texas
    This is one of those programs that has done a lot more good than harm.

    It has helped to keep a certain amount of stability in the farm price of grains--and that helps us in the grocery store. It also keeps farmers from $$$ losses in years of bumper crops across too many acres, insuring against a serious drop in farm activity at future times.

    It certainly helps to improve the yield capacity of the land. Natural processes increase the "health" of the soil. Among other things, any salt buildup from irrigation is leached out, and there is a reduction in wind erosion.

    And I strongly favor the increase in acreage for wildlife habitat. Trespass fees for hunting augment farmers' incomes.

    For what we get from the program, $1.3 billion is pretty much chump change.


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