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End federal handouts to agri-corporations

November 20, 2013

Though getting government spending under control often is seen as a Democrats vs. Republicans battle, some of the most egregious waste gets bipartisan support. “Farm support” spending is exhibit N....

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Nov-20-13 11:14 PM

Statistics can only be proven true when two parts occur.....Validity and Reliability. A topic for understanding far beyond what's going to happen here!!!

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Nov-20-13 11:10 PM

Statistics are fact (within the acceptable boundary). How those numbers that made a statistic were generated is where the questions begin. Numbers and Stats are frequently manipulated for a positive outcome for those seeking that very outcome. Happens all the time!!!!!!!

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Nov-20-13 7:47 PM

concerned, my quotes come from the actual USDA report on the subject which can be found at USDA dot gov or the quotes are in this story...*******blog dot heritage dot org/2012/07/09/usda-gives-millions-to-farmers-who-arent-actually-farming/

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Nov-20-13 4:40 PM

I try to keep up with the ever changing world we live in, but it's become impossible....any time I see a lot of numbers thrown at me I become suspicious.....a friend of once warned me a long time ago that you can do anything you want with numbers and I've found that to be true....I could answer this with a lot of made up numbers and who would know the difference. quote me some statistics I can understand and check validity of

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Nov-20-13 10:42 AM

Cumulatively, USDA paid $10.6 billion—almost one-fourth of total direct payments from 2003 through 2011—to producers who did not, in a given year, plant any of the crop for which they had base acres. Specifically, during this period, producers cumulatively did not plant more than 633 million acres with the crops associated with their base acres in a given year. This amounted to an average of 70 million acres each year, or 26 percent of the 268 million base acres on average that are annually eligible for direct payments. Instead of ending a needed program, why dosen't Obama cut out the fraud and waste? Why stop payments to farms that farm? These payments keep our food prices lower! Time for Obama, Reid and Pelosi to cooperate with the Tea Party and cut fraud and waste!

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Nov-20-13 10:38 AM

Seeing as this is from your parent group I will not criticize Mr Crowley. But here are the actual facts...about 2,300 farms, or about 0.15 percent of the 1.6 million farms receiving direct payments in 2011, reported all their land as “fallow,” that is, producers did not plant any crops of any type on this land, for each year of the last 5 years (i.e., 2007 through 2011), as allowed under the farm bill. These producers received a total of about $2.9 million in direct payments in 2011… In addition, according to our analysis of USDA data, 622 farms reported all of their farm’s acreage as fallow for each of the previous 10 years, from 2002 through 2011.

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