Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Rural Americans Feel Ignored By Government After Farm Bill Defeat

Farm-BarnAfter a federal Farm Bill died in the United States House of Representatives for the second time in two years, a new survey shows discontent in rural areas of the nation.  

A poll commissioned by the Center for Rural Affairs shows rural residents believe the federal government is ignoring their communities’ needs.  Rural Affairs Executive Director Chuck Hassebrook says rural communities want and need economic help from the government.

Nearly nine in ten who were polled believe, as Hassebrook mentioned, that rural and small-town life is "worth fighting for."  And three-fourths said they believe too much federal farm subsidy money goes to the largest farms, hurting smaller family farms.  The Farm Bill was defeated in the U.S. House last month.

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