Kansas farmers join farmers and agriculture groups across the country as they watch anxiously to see how much ag-related funding will be cut by Congress to meet the debt ceiling deal. Washington politicians are expected to take a sharp knife to federal farm subsidies, which totaled more than $15 billion nationally and $1 billion in Kansas in 2010.
The direct-payment program has been painted with a bull’s-eye as politicians take aim. Many farmers are resigned to losing at least some of the direct-payment program. However, they are also dead-set on retaining another possible target – the federal 59 percent subsidy for crop insurance.