President Obama's proposed budget for the USDA in 2011 is $149 Billion, an increase of $14 billion from 2010 and 42% higher that 2007. This includes $25 Billion for farm and commodity programs, which does very little to help the small farmer, but goes mostly into the coffers of big agri-business.
It also includes subsidies for the ethanol industry, which diverts farmland to non food use, resulting in higher food costs. The present ethanol program from corn requires more energy to produce than it generates and since it is totally inefficient, it is a complete waste of taxpayers’ money and should be abolished.
We can not afford to subsidize corn as a cheap source of high fructose corn syrup, one of the leading causes of our present obesity problem.
Eliminating this $25 billion unnecessary expense should be a no-brainer