Statements about Agriculture

"Oregon school districts are directing 24 percent of their food budgets to purchase local foods. That’s the highest percentage in the country."

40 percent of illegal immigrants "had a visa and then became illegal," mostly because "they changed jobs."

Says the estate tax is a threat to family farms.

"(The farm bill) has a provision that would in many ways reduce the deficit."

Wisconsin sold fresh water to California, helping that state's dairy industry, and "lost a bunch of jobs (and) a bunch of farmland."

"Eighty percent of the antibiotics in this country are fed to livestock."

Says Oregonians for Food and Shelter "proudly features board members from Monsanto and Syngenta and the (Oregon) Farm Bureau also receives funding from biotech companies."

"We’re importing about 10 percent of our milk supply. We’re America’s Dairyland, but yet we don’t have enough milk in this state to meet the demand for our cheesemakers."

Farming is "one of the fastest growing areas of our economy."

"This is the same (farm) bill we voted on a few weeks ago, with the exception of one or two sentences."  

Says 97 percent of food stamp benefits "are paid in the proper amounts to people who are really eligible."

Proposed cuts in the House farm bill mean "2 million less people on food stamps, 210,000 children will not receive school lunches or breakfasts."

"Some of these members of the House of Representatives get hundreds of thousands of dollars in farm subsidies" but want to cut food stamps.

The United States spends "$2.2 billion on free cell phones, $27 million on Moroccan pottery classes" and pays for "the travel expenses for the watermelon queen in Alabama."    

"Agriculture has always required a significant workforce from abroad."

The United States does "not have a system through which growers and dairies can bring a workforce legally into the U.S."

Says ending the direct payment farm subsidy program "could save up to $28.4 billion over ten years that could be used to reduce the deficit."

Says "Detroit dumping a bunch of sewage" in Lake Erie "causes big problems" for Ohio.

Agriculture "is the strongest industry in Ohio."

"The Agriculture Department estimates that roughly 42 percent of the corn crop will be used to make ethanol -- more than the amount of corn used to feed livestock and poultry in the United States."

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