As Congress wrestles with reducing the 2011-12 federal budget, American Agriculturist asked farmers attending New York Farm Show this question: How would loss of USDA commodity support programs impact your farm?
With 99% of the 216 respondents coming from the Northeast and 80% having dairy or other livestock enterprises, the results weren't too surprising.
24% said losing commodity support programs would have no effect.
45% felt the program losses would have little effect.
25% indicated the loss would pose substantial problems for their businesses.
6% said loss of commodity supports would pose major problems.
Comments varied, depending on the type of farm. Small farms typically don't benefit greatly. And as one New York producer put it: "When prices are good, we don't need them."