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VA Farmers, Taxpayer Groups: “Table Scraps” Are Not Enough


Monday, October 15, 2007   

Verona, VA – Surviving on leftovers hasn't been healthy for most family farmers in Virginia, and now they're asking for a seat at America's dinner table. Farmers, church groups, and taxpayer watchdogs have kicked off a campaign to draw attention to what organizers say are decades-old U.S. Farm Bill policies that only reward big farm businesses.

Augusta County sheep farmer Leo Tammi is frustrated that corporate farming operations are raking in taxpayer subsidies at the expense of small family farms and rural towns.

"Some people are better at farmin' the government than they are farmin' the farm. Contrary to the interest of the small farmer, it really does work against the rural community."

Supporters of the current system explain subsidies keep food prices down for consumers. Tammi argues the Farm Bill Congress is currently working on appears all too similar to previous bills, rather than focusing on the future and energy, conservation and rural development.

"The Farm Bill needs to examine at what our needs are going to be in 2012, not what our needs were years ago."

Groups joining the "campaign" include Oxfam America, Taxpayers for Common Sense and the National Catholic Rural Life Conference.

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