Farmers Can't Do It Alone

Did you know that Bay-state farmers receive only 4 cents per dollar of agricultural product produced, compared with a national average of 9 cents -- and farmers in North Dakota received a whopping 23 cents (average payments 2000-05)?

There's a lot more interesting information in CBF Federal Affairs Director Doug Siglin's column on reauthorization of the federal farm bill in the January 21, 2007 Richmond Times-Dispatch.

In his column, Siglin urges the feds to "do what's right for conservation, farmers:"

"The time to push for conservation funding for the region's farm families is now. If that funding is not included in the 2007 farm bill, it is highly unlikely that the agricultural conservation practices called for in the Tributary Strategies will be fully implemented, and the Bay and its rivers will continue to suffer from the politics of postponement."

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