Webb Talks About the Farm Bill

Webb Talks About the Farm Bill

Jim Webb on Rural Town Hall Jim Webb on Rural Town Hall

September 24, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn (RFDTV) - During a recent taping of RFD-TV's RURAL TOWN HALL, presidential candidate and former senator Jim Webb answered questions from voters on several topics important to rural Americans -- including the Farm Bill. 

"You supported federal farm programs in the past," said Frank Holdmeyer representing Agri-Pulse, "but you've also called for tightening loopholes and for farm program limits.  So how would you propose the farm program be tightened in the future?" 

"I voted for the Farm Bills and am very proud of having done that," said Webb. "At the same time, there were two different amendments when I was in the Senate." 

Webb then went on to describe which amendment he supported and why.

"The first was an amendment, which I thought was a fair amendment, by the way, which would say that in terms of the government programs to protect farmers, those who profit on a farm were above $750,000 a year, should have a reduction in the amount that the government paid in these programs, " added Webb.  "The other was an amendment that said everything over $250,000 should be eliminated in terms of government assistance.  I voted against that, but I did vote to say well if you had a $750,000 profit, it's kind of hard to ask, you know, my daughter, the nurse or my son-in-law, the truck driver to pull out money and throw as much into assisting those programs. We know that because of the unpredictability of the weather and natural disasters that the best thing we can do for American agriculture is to make sure there's a safety net under it.  The question is what should that amount be?"

See more clips and read the complete transcript from RURAL TOWN HALL with presidential candidate Jim Webb.

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