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A Closer Look (Farming: Cash Harvest) #183292

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 13, 1999
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Senate passage of a bailout plan to help farmers three years after agricultural reform laws eliminated subsidies noted; statistics on crop prices cited.

(Cambria, WI: John Martin) What has happened since the Freedom to Farm Act allowed farmers to set marketplace prices examined; details given of how farmers actually continued to receive subsidies thus driving down crop prices and costing the taxpayer 8.7 more billion dollars. [Farmers Art and Doug TESSMAN - cite increasing government dependence.] [Senator Pat ROBERTS - cites the aim of freedom to farm.] [Agricultural economist Neil HARL - says Congress is preventing the Freedom to Farm Act from working by its cash infusions.]

Jennings, Peter;
Martin, John

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