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This Is Boring

But it's possibly a great story for the Messenger. There is a great, infuriating, and very long story in today's Washington Post. It's about drought relief the feds gave out to ranchers who didn't need it, some of whom live in North Texas. An excerpt: No state did better than Texas. In the end, all 254 of its counties qualified. Ranchers in counties without droughts collected $45 million in 2003, on top of the $67 million that had flowed to the state in 2002. In northern Texas, Cooke County ranchers qualified for $906,000 in 2003 on the basis of an ice storm that hit the area more than two years earlier. Tim Gilbert, former head of the USDA county office, recalled that "there was no damage in Cooke County to the crops or livestock. Maybe a few pine trees got knocked down." I wonder how Wise County did? Skip, get after it.


trappedinchico said...

The partial answer is here:

By the way, Texas is first for farm subsidies, at $12,899,984,867 for 1995-2004.

Wise County is 144th for 2004 with $484,441. But in 2001 it was $3.5 million.

And here are the top 20 for 2004:
1 Buchanan Dairies Decatur, TX 76234 $22,444
2 G & C Dairy Bridgeport, TX 76426 $21,349
3 Mcgilvray Ranch Boyd, TX 76023 $17,108
4 Rick Wilson Decatur, TX 76234 $15,149
5 Garrett & Garrett Bridgeport, TX 76426 $15,111
6 Elton M Mccurdy Decatur, TX 76234 $14,996
7 John Crawford Keller, TX 76248 $11,240
8 Kenny Bryan Decatur, TX 76234 $10,428
9 Lane Taylor Rhome, TX 76078 $9,837
10 Samie C Erwin Boyd, TX 76023 $9,803
11 Big Creek Properties Ltd Fort Worth, TX 76106 $9,336
12 R V Hopkins Sunset, TX 76270 $8,652
13 Coy Cleveland Paradise, TX 76073 $7,674
14 Damon Pennington Alvord, TX 76225 $7,449
15 Robert W Fothergill Decatur, TX 76234 $7,227
16 Charles E Schluter Rhome, TX 76078 $7,169
17 Billy Ray Looney Decatur, TX 76234 $7,040
18 Owen Thomas Tumelty Decatur, TX 76234 $6,871
19 Cocanougher Cattle Co Decatur, TX 76234 $6,556
20 Senters Farm Bridgeport, TX 76426 $6,512

By the way, I expect a subsidy from WCM if they use this, since I did their research for them.

Anonymous said...

Lot of heifers in Wal-Mart. $18 per head is paying too much.

Anonymous said...

Excellent trappedinchico - I am shocked. Some of the "farmers" in MY county are merely weekend city folks, but damn can they suck down some money. Now, admitting I am a bleeding heart liberal, I think I will have a harder heart about "saving the farmers". This site is going on my favorites list.......we have a ranch, cow calf operation, but my father has NEVER applied for any subsidies - he's the guy Elmer Kelton wrote that book "The Time It Never Rained" about.

Anonymous said...

Ah. More hypocrisy. I bet we want our uninterrupted supply of steak and ground beef, our milk and butter to be right there when we go get groceries. Bet we don't want a sign hanging on the grocery store door saying, "sorry folks. No milk or beef for the next six months." Well, there is no milk or beef fairy, though it seems so. Instead there are people that risk thousands of dollars UP FRONT, maybe tens or hundreds of thousands, on seeds, equipment, medicines, regulations, labor and etc. in hopes that weather will be OK, things will go right and their farm will squeeze a profit for the year. There are no guarantees for farmers, yet we sure feel like there better damn well be what we need in every grocery store. And we are "shocked" and infuriated to find out that in return for all the food we can stomach, we taxpayers pitch in to help farmers through the low patches and bad luck. Yes, seems the process needs some adjustments.

Anonymous said...

Can't remember where I saw and all...of an African man brought to the U.S. for some reason. Took him to a Whole Foods Market in the D.C. area. He walked in, fell to his knees, and began sobbing when he saw the food in there. He could not begin to control himself. To this person it was the most unbelievable sight. A grocery store full of food. His comment afterwards was along the lines of how many kids and babies would be alive next month if this one store were in where he came from. I'll chip in a little for Farmer Brown in return for a kitchen full of food and not having to watch my kids starve to death.

trappedinchico said...

3:35, the "family farm" is mostly a myth now. Family farms are either small operations, or done as a sideline or hobby.

Most of subsidies go to large corporate farms. Corporate farming is the largest source of food now. They do not go into farming lightly, and have their own reserve capital to rely on in a bad year. They can also afford equipment to prevent weather-related losses such as a drought. They do not need government assistance.

Your little rant shows you didn't read the original post.

Anonymous said...

Next time you grab something out of the fridge just think how it would be if you had to grow it or hunt it before you could eat it.

Anonymous said...

Everybody knows about the big corporate stuff, but there are plenty of family farms still around, all over this country. You have to travel around the country in order to see them. Can't be trapped in Chico.

greta said...

I wonder if they will have to pay the money back.

Anonymous said...

If you think this is bad,,,just wait until NAIS becomes legal.. If you think gas prices are high now, wait for the meat prices. When the small farmers/ranchers are forced out of business and the corporate breeders have control of the meat markets, you will be paying $50.00 for a steak. Each and every rancher/farmer should do the honest thing, stand up for their rights, if not, they will have none. Read for more information or Then everyone might get the message. If not, don't complain later.

Anonymous said...

Add to the subsidies the "farmers and ranchers" receive, is the tax breaks they get from the local appraisal office!!!

It would be interesting to know how many of those listed receive over half their income from farming/ranching?

If you think this is bad, look at Commanche County and find out how much the peanut farmers get.

For someone who eats little beef, it gives me a warm/cozy feeling to know my tax dollars are going to these guys!

Anonymous said...

Quit whining about the poor farmers. If they attempt to charge excessive amounts for their products, the folks in Chile, Argentina, Canada and Australia will jump in (if our protective tariffs are removed). And you'll buy it just like you buy the cheaper Chinese goods at Wal Mart.