Major Farm Subsidies Heading to Idaho


For every federal act that Idaho politicians dislike, there's usually another that they gleefully embrace.

Take ACRE: the Average Crop Revenue Election. Congress established ACRE as part of the 2008 Farm Bill to protect producers from farm-to-market revenue declines.

It turns out that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has stated cutting massive checks to farmers, and Idaho is expected to be one of the largest recipients.

The payments will be made to wheat, corn, barley, lentil and oat producers, and 70 percent of this year's total payments will be issued to wheat producers.

"The payments are important part of the farm safety net," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.