SEGMENT: GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS
Paul Shuman>LPL Interviews N-Z>LPL Interviews K-Z, Segment 10
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- GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS
- Mr. Shuman give discussion of main issues during his tenure with the Farm Bureau, particularly the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). Notes government intervention is necessary to maintain safety of foods coming to US. Illinois not a major livestock state, but he & Farm Bureau support COOL. Notes cultural differences in ranchers east & west of Mississippi. COOL not intrusive into markets, just regulates safety. Comments on mortgage market & believes Federal government should have a role. Discussion of Federal Crop Insurance & increasing need for large operations. Gives details of how Crop Insurance works. Notes regional bias in crop subsidies & insurance, some pay less than Illinois farmers. Notes politics in Washington, DC is partial explanation. No set-aside programs today, just Conservation Reserve Program, which is permanent.