Want to know someone who's not terribly worked up over Rep. Kristi Noem's failure to pass a Farm Bill over her Republican colleague's do-nothingism? Orland farmer Charlie Johnson:
The corn has grown about a foot and the sun has rose in the east every morning since the U.S. house of Representatives failed to pass a farm bill. Now if the emphasis is about providing millionaire farmers billions of dollars in "safety net" measures such as taxpayer funded crop insurance, then perhaps life in rural America would be so much better without a farm bill. But if we are willing to allow farmers to assume and pay for their own risks while also working on measures that cares for the hungry, supports beginning farmers, highlights resource conversation, and addresses community development, then yes, let's move ahead on a farm bill. Until "we get it", the corn will grow and the sun will rise [Charles Joseph Johnson, Facebook post, 2013.06.30].
So how about that plan: let the Farm Bill's obsolete corporate welfare wither on the vine. Farmers tell potential Senate candidate Annette Bosworth we don't need farm subsidies. New Zealand got rid of farm subsidies three decades ago, and their crops still grow, just like Charlie's.
Maybe it's time for Kristi Noem to go with the flow, say she's had an epiphany, and apologize to fiscal conservatives and independent farmers alike for perpetuating corporate dependence on federal handouts.