Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The Ultimate in Customization of Farm Programs
The Rural Blog has a piece reporting a suggestion southern farmers will push for an individual option: the ability to choose between direct payments and the ACRE program. I guess it's not the first time farmers have had a choice: the SURE program was also an option. I understand the logic: northern farmers like crop insurance, southerners don't, so you make both sides happy by giving them a choice. It's logical, but it's confusing to explain and hard to administer. I hope someone is asking GAO to look at the tradeoffs of offering options.