Fact: Just look at the productivity of the American farmer over the last 30 years and know that we can assist in meeting that goal by 2050.
Myth: Agriculture costs way more than its “fair share” in U.S. budget costs.
Fact: Farmers and ranchers represent less than two percent of the population in the U.S.
As the population is further removed from being raised on a farm or having relatives and friends that grew up on farms, the misunderstandings about agriculture and farm policy flourishes.
Fact: Access varies considerably across the country, but only 61% of farms in some states have access to the internet.
Myth: Farmers and ranchers already have more than a sufficient safety net.
Fact: Farm bills should be written for the “bad times” rather than the “good times.” Now is the time to ensure we have a robust safety net as most commodity prices are low and too many farmers are highly or extremely leveraged.
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Myth: Dairy’s safety net is on par with other commodity safety nets.
Fact: The Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) most recent baseline projected annual farm-level cash receipts in the dairy sector at $39 billion—behind only the value of corn and soybeans. Yet, a workable safety net for dairy is absent. For example, CBO projected outlays in dairy from 2018 to 2027 will total $749 million and the farm value of milk production during this time is $389 billion. The ratio of outlays to the farm value of milk production is less than one-quarter of one percent - far below assistance levels for other commodities.