Some local farmers up-in-arms about new bill

By: Ian Margol Email
By: Ian Margol Email

Palisade, Colo. (KKCO) --- After congress passed a controversial farm bill, some local farmers and colorado activist groups are sounding off.

Proponents of the bill say it provides needed stability and for the agricultural community.

But those who disagree with it say our dollars are going to massive, already stable growers, rather than to smaller farms that would truly benefit.

"Cut out these wasteful agricultural subsidies that are going to large agri-businesses that don't actually need the help of our tax payer dollars anymore," says CoPIRG Field Director, Lisa Ritland "They are also even used for things like junk food ingredients."

On the day the bill was passed, Congressman Scott Tipton, who supported the bill, released a statement.

It says in part, "farmers and ranchers throughout my district have told me that to help them survive, especially during the ongoing drought, they need the long-term certainty that the farm bill provides."

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