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    By Alan Bjerga - Jun 17, 2013 5:25 PM CT



    Tucked deep in the 1,198-page U.S. House agriculture policy legislation is an initiative to guarantee prices for sushi rice. So too is insurance for alfalfa and a marketing plan for Christmas trees.

    Catfish farmers also get a morsel in the proposal being taken up this week: profit-margin insurance. The products represent a tiny fraction of the $440 billion U.S. farm economy. Yet each is slated to receive special treatment -- either through subsidized insurance, promotional programs or protections against imports -- in the bill that carries an estimated 10-year price tag of $939 billion.
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    A chef uses organic rice as he prepares a sushi roll at a contemporary Japanese restaurant in Sacramento, Calif. Photographer: Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo
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    New initiatives in the agriculture bill are meant to benefit everything from olive oil to sushi rice. Photographer: David Silverman/Getty Images
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    Corn grows in a field in Tiskilwa, Illinois. Both the Senate and House versions of the agriculture bill would reduce payments to growers of corn, wheat and other crops by eliminating a $5 billion-a-year program of direct subsidies while expanding subsidized crop insurance. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

    “We’re in a golden age of agriculture,” with producer profits projected at a record $128.2 billion this year, Vince Smith, a professor of agricultural economics at Montana State University, said at a briefing on Capitol Hill last week. The House bill “is about as bad a bill as I could think of writing as an economist,” he said.
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    I like sushi, but not to the point that I could justify spending a trillion dollars on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    I like sushi, but not to the point that I could justify spending a trillion dollars on it.
    1T is the total price of the farm bill.

    The bill will decide how much the food stamp program will be cut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobJohnson View Post
    1T is the total price of the farm bill.

    The bill will decide how much the food stamp program will be cut.
    Which will be nothing. Got to keep the money flowing to the low info voters to buy their votes.....after all, you can't have the "bread & circuses" without the bread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    I like sushi, but not to the point that I could justify spending a trillion dollars on it.
    Of your own money? Of course not. Nobody in their right mind would. It's other people's money that the government spends on this idiocy, without so much as a second thought, and anyone who objects to this is labeled as an extremist.
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