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  •  I have a question (6+ / 0-)

    that maybe you can answer. How will this bill affect small family farms that grow corn and soy?

    I definitely don't want to see harsh regs put on small organic farmers. CSAs, market farmers, and the like. I wouldn't want to have them put on me for selling a quart or two of my berries at the local farmers market. (very good berries by the way, organic and yummy!)

    Out here in the heartland, I am surrounded by small family farms. The same families have been farming these small farms for generations. They grown corn and soy. A lot of them barely get by as it is and to retool their farm to grow something else at this point would be impossible, cost more than they bring in for many years straight. Any new harsh regs on them would put them under in a second. That would debilitate the economy in this small corner of the world.

    •  I live in what (7+ / 0-)

      used to be tobacco country. Most who used to have bases now grow organic truck, and we've a really good agritourism initiative going from the state. Vineyards and wineries, family day trips to the farm, get your hands dirty on-farm B&Bs, even art and craft outlets in partnership. Now if they'd just legalize pot, we'd have a REAL cash crop! ;-)

    •  This amendment does nothing in that respect, (4+ / 0-)

      unless the growers are processing the grain themselves, but Good Agricultural Standards (GAP) might. I know small and mid sized veg farmers who are reeling from these guidelines. I don't know if it affects grain producers as much.

      "While you're out there smashing the state, keep a smile on your lips and a song in your heart!" FFFreakbrothers

      by the fan man on Thu Apr 15, 2010 at 12:09:27 PM PDT

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    •  I would check with NSAC on that actually (0+ / 0-)

      they've followed this better than I. but i think the answer (I'm pretty certain) is: not at all. If you're growing and selling commodities, you're more or less exempt. Only catch is you need to probably keep records of who you sell to and be part of that traceability system. Of course, the Friends of Big Ag in the House may have gotten you exempted there. They might have. I can't quite remember what they got exemptions from but it was for commodity farmers and livestock farmers.

      I wrote a book! You should buy it!

      by Jill Richardson on Thu Apr 15, 2010 at 03:14:57 PM PDT

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