Weber County dairy farmer: It is scary out there

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  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Sept. 3, 2012 7:20 a.m.

    An increasing theme I keep hearing and reading is that we should have a government that doesn't respond to problems and doesn't care about its people. Some of the comments above suggest:

    Farmers suffering from drought? Tough. Deal with it! Americans can buy more food from Asia.

    America's addicted to oil and middle class folks hurt by yo-yo oil prices? Tough. Deal with it. Your own fault that you need a car to get to work! Don't expect government to seek out solutions to collectively ween the nation off Mideast oil.

    An uncaring government was not the intent of our founding fathers that sought collective, mutual protection of states and people for survival.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 1, 2012 2:28 p.m.

    Remember, farmers are competing with the heavily subsidized "green" ethanol fuel industry for the reduced amount of corn coming to market this year.

    So, we are paying to subsidize ethanol (which actually costs more to produce than gasoline), and driving up prices for all types of food which use corn or corn byproducts, and also the prices for feed corn which will drive up meat prices.

    We need to end the foolish and unaffordable ethanol subsidies immediately!

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Sept. 1, 2012 9:20 a.m.

    Not really.
    That's distribution of risk and wealth.
    I love the American farmer, but farm bailouts are crazy.

  • DVD Taylorsville, 00
    Sept. 1, 2012 8:18 a.m.

    There is a good reason for helping farmers through federal aid (our tax dollars), in addition to keeping them from failing due to poor luck, it helps keep our food prices stable so that a bad year doesn't hurt so many of us in this country.

  • DVD Taylorsville, 00
    Sept. 1, 2012 8:16 a.m.

    Are there some technological ways to buffer a water supply that would be feasible? Or 'near feasible' enough to put some thought and work into it in order to help out later?