He also said that seven of the ten proposals would do away with direct payments, and one of the proposals that would keep direct payments would reduce them by 50 percent.
While it might be easy to point to a tight federal budget as the key driver in the current Farm Bill debate, Zulauf said a narrow focus on cost ignores the importance of the underlying philosophical changes in the debate.
"Since at least the major changes in the 1996 Farm Bill, there has been a very intense discussion about what the objective of farm programs should be," he said. "I would never say costs are not an important factor in this debate, but there is a really substantive debate going on about what is an appropriate, fair safety net for U.S. agriculture in the 21st century."
Read Zulauf's complete analysis of the 10 major Farm Bill proposals online at http://aede.osu.edu/assessment-and-comparison-farm-safety-net-proposals