June 13th, 2012
10:06 PM ET

Farm bill is set to reduce U.S. deficit. Does it add up?

The Senate voted Wednesday to proceed with the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012  also know as the 'Farm Bill.' A bi-partisan effort in the Senate to cut potentially $25 billion from farm subsidies. Proponents of the plan say it will help bring down the U.S. deficit.

But, does it add up?

CNN's Dana Bash sits down with Senators Debbie Stabenow and  Pat Roberts of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

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  1. Greg

    Farm subsidies are really not subsidies. Farmers give information on the exact acres that are planted in corn, soybeans, and etc. The government knows about how many bushels each crop will produced according to the past information the farmers gave them. That is tabulated in NASS National Agriculture Statistic Service. This information and all so how much grain is sold by the farmers is available to the large grain buyers. United States government buys information from the farmers. Even the farmers don't know about this. It is not call Farm subsidies it is call the Government Farm Program. The Government Farm Program affects the Chicago Grain Markets by providing statistics. Alan Greenspan wrote in his book "The Era of Turbulence" if you get the statistics of the producers you will take away his bargaining power.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Reply
  2. Brian from Boston

    Great! 24 Billion down (until the next drought). Typically theyre taking it from small Ameican businesses.

    Now can we end the subsidies to the oil companies who REALLY don't need them?

    June 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply

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