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All Kansas counties except one declared disaster areas because of drought

Where do you think the rest of your food comes from?

January 11, 2013 at 2:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

All Kansas counties except one declared disaster areas because of drought

I don't know any "farmers" like that.

January 11, 2013 at 2:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

All Kansas counties except one declared disaster areas because of drought

I agree with KSManimal! Do you like to eat? I assume you think a corporation could run a farm better? Corporations won't care about genetically modified crops or growth hormones in your milk (Oh yeh, corporate dairies already do that). Right now family farmers do not get to set their price for their products. They take what someone is willing to pay. The majority of the profit goes to the middleman. Corporations on the other hand, set their price which increases the price of the product at the grocery store.
This is not free money. We only qualify for a LOAN at a reduced interest rate. When you get a loan for a car or a house through FHA, do you consider yourself taking a government handout?

January 11, 2013 at 2:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

All Kansas counties except one declared disaster areas because of drought

Ok, I don't want to sound cruel, because I have no problem giving Sandy Victims some help. But if a tornado wiped out my place, I have insurance coverage to replace it. How is a loan in any way equal to a handout?
I don't know about the rest of them but it is correct that Jenkins comes from an agricultural background (dairy) but she (or even her parents) are not currently involved in farming so I don't see how she is a benefactor.

January 11, 2013 at 2 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

All Kansas counties except one declared disaster areas because of drought

My family operates a small family farm. Normally we do our own hay for cattle, but this year we got 1/3 of what we normally do. We planned to bale corn and feed that, but due to the drought, when it was tested the nitrate level was 9700 which is enough to kill my cattle. We bought up as much as we could afford, but we will not have enough to make it through the year. Right now there is very little available in the state of Kansas. Most of it will require huge shipping costs to get it here and the price is over-inflated. In the fall of 2011, we paid $38 per big round bale and now they are being advertised from $140 - $300 per bale plus shipping. We go through 7-10 bales a week. How do you consider this a Federal handout. It's a loan with a reduced interest rate. I don't want a handout. I would like to buy quality hay at a reasonable price and take care of my own. But I have to have a way to feed my animals. What would you suggest?

January 11, 2013 at 1:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )