For Which Party Should Farmers And Rural Voters Vote?

Opinion | Seton Motley
Farmer standing in a wheat field and looking at personal tablet. [Shutterstock - PointImages - 277037870]

Republicans aren’t the best friends of farmers, but Democrats seem to be their sworn enemies.

Government Subsidizes, Government Warps And Distorts -- Government Bails Out

Opinion | Seton Motley
Female hands with money. In the background solar panel. (Shutterstock.com/ Vaclav Volrab)

It’s high time we all learn from each others’ mega-mistakes.

The USDA bailed on a promise and it cost us millions

US | Brendan Bordelon

Like $143 million from 2009-10

10 reasons the farm bill makes no sense

Opinion | Chris Edwards
In this photo taken Sept. 2008, central Illinois farmer Gary Niemeyer, not pictured, unloads harvested corn grain from the auger while harvesting corn crops near Auburn, Ill. While a Senate vote to end a tax credit that's helped build the ethanol industry in the United States signals that the subsidy's days may be numbered, corn farmers and ethanol makers hope they can convince Congress to compromise and agree to preserve but reduce subsidies. But agricultural economists say the ethanol industry has grown up over the last few years and doesn't need the help, and they doubt farmers or their customers in the ethanol industry would be hurt much if the subsidy dies. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Farm subsidies damage the economy, hurt the environment, and are grossly unfair.

What to cut next

Opinion | Chris Edwards

There are dozens of large programs and agencies that should be scaled back or eliminated.

Yes, politicians buy votes

Opinion | Brian Garst

Romney’s ‘gifts’ comment is being criticized for all the wrong reasons.

Shallow-loss programs could leave taxpayers in deep trouble

Opinion | Vincent H. Smith & Barry K. Goodwin

Farm lobbyists are pushing for the expansion of programs that prop up farm industry revenue.

Sugar program isn't sweet for consumers or the economy

Opinion | Fran Smith

The U.S. sugar program is a classic example of what happens when a program’s benefits are concentrated but its costs are dispersed.