President Bush Targets Farm Aid for Budget Cuts

By: Lori Dougovito
By: Lori Dougovito

Mid-Michigan farmers stand to lose valuable aid as President Bush searches for ways to balance the 2006 budget. Bush is suggesting a $250,000 cap on farm subsidies. It's a cut that could put close to $600,000,000 back into the 2006 budget and $5.7 billion into the budget over the next decade.

Sixth generation farmer Gary Haynes says a cut would affect his Aurelius Township operation because he's coming off of a very high priced year. Bob Boehm, of the Michigan Farm Bureau, says because the 2002 Farm Bill is in place until 2007 a change now would impact farmers across the country.

President Bush's proposal is still in the early stages and the Farm Bill would have to be opened and amended before a subsidy cap could be set.

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