What Missouri’s congressional delegates say

Saturday, August 11, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:48 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo.

Bond would not respond to questions about payment equity and subsidy limits based on income.

His spokesman released this statement at the end of June to the Missourian: “The Farm Bill is currently under review. A bill has not been proposed in the committee, much less the entire Senate. As developments are made and proposals are formed, I will continue listening to Missourians as to what they want to see in the new farm bill.”

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

In a radio conference call, McCaskill said she is most interested in keeping American farmers competitive in the global market.

“We can’t give them everything they need on commodities in the short run if in the long run it’s going to shut down global markets for our farmers. We’ve got to keep those global markets open; it’s essential to Missouri agriculture.”

Go online to listen to more of what McCaskill said about the farm bill.

U.S. 9th District Rep. Kenny Hulshof, R-Mo.

Hulshof said his priorities for the farm bill are to ensure “reliable and inexpensive food sources” for Americans.

“Americans currently spend roughly 11 percent of their income on food. The way to keep that number low is to provide a safety net to farmers. A safety net is cost effective for both producers and consumers. The last farm bill cost $20 billion or 18 percent less than originally estimated.”

Hulshof also supports increasing the use of renewable fuels and said that a priority is “finding reliable funding for the University of Missouri’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute.”

Hulshof’s name can be found in the database. He received a total of $48,223 in farm subsidies from 2003-05.

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