Secretary touts aid for young farmers

Secretary touts aid for young farmers

Jon Emmert’s ears perked up when he heard the proposed farm bill had money to help start-up farmers.

“That’s just perfect for a guy like me,” said Emmert, a farmer and Purdue student who rents farmland.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns outlined President Bush’s farm bill in Fowler Hall on Wednesday after touring Purdue’s renewable fuel research areas.

The $1.6 billion in new funding for renewable energy initiatives, such as cellulosic ethanol, and $250 million to help beginning farmers interested the crowd of farmers, students and Purdue faculty.

Dustin Johnson, a Frankfort farmer, said the subsidies he gets only go toward land rental, while more established farmers who own their land can keep the money. He likes the idea of putting more into encouraging younger people to farm.


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