Voters in Iowa, Kansas and Minnesota overwhelmingly support limiting direct federal payments to single farms to no more than $250,000 in a poll released by the Kellogg Foundation last week. Voters in these states supported payment limitations by more than a two-to-one margin (67 percent to 31 percent).

The poll shows that voters in all three states oppose across-the-board cuts to commodity programs as well as cuts in USDA rural development programs, nutrition programs, and conservation programs. However, they support limiting direct payments to any single farm to no more than $250,000.

"When Congress reconvenes in September they will face a stark choice, practically and politically. They can cut rural development, conservation, nutrition, and commodity programs that benefit family farmers and ranchers, rural communities and disadvantaged children. Or they can choose to limit payments to the nation's largest farms. Payment limits are a win-win solution because they save money and because reducing subsidies that mega farms use to drive smaller operations out of business is the single most effective thing that Congress can do to strengthen family farms," said Chuck Hassebrook, executive director, Center for Rural Affairs.

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