Stutzman Says Farm Subsidy Cuts Are Warranted and on the Horizon

By Scott Sarvay

August 25, 2011 Updated Aug 25, 2011 at 5:20 PM EDT

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Farmers across the country are bracing for expected cuts in federal farm subsidies; a move that proponents say would help the growing national debt problem.

Subsidies totaled more than $15 billion in 2010.

Congressman Marlin Stutzman of Indiana's 3rd District, a farmer himself, figures a rollback of direct payments to farmers is inevitable.

Stutzman says, “People are looking to federal government to get its budget in balance, get it back to reducing the debt, reducing the deficit, and agriculture...we have a great opportunity to be a major leader in a part of that discussion."

Stutzman also supports the work of a new coalition pushing for elimination of subsidies for coal, oil and gas, and the ethanol tax credit.

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