Oklahoma farmers are willing to take some federal cuts
In Washington, the president of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau says farmers are willing to do their part as Congress tries to slash federal spending but doesn't want to bear an unfair share.
WASHINGTON — Farmers are willing to give up a federal program that paid out more than $81 million in Oklahoma in 2010, but they want an enhanced crop insurance system to protect against catastrophic losses, the president of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau said here Monday.
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Compared to an overall economy that is recovering slowly, the American agricultural sector is improving dramatically.''
The Republican budget
Mike Spradling said in an interview that farmers are willing to do their part as lawmakers work to cut federal spending.
“But we can't afford to do more than our part,'' Spradling said.
Spradling and other members of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau were in Washington as the U.S. House prepared to take
$23B to be cut
Farm-state leaders, including Rep. Frank Lucas, the Oklahoma Republican who is chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, developed a budget plan last year that would cut $23 billion over 10 years, but the House GOP plan would cut well
“Compared to an overall economy that is recovering slowly, the American agricultural sector is improving dramatically,” the Republican budget says.
“The record-breaking prosperity of American farmers and farm communities is to be celebrated. But it
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