In response to "Veto on farm bill betrays farmers" (Letters, May 19): The majority of the bill has to do with giveaway programs such as food stamps. And a great majority of the rest are subsidies to large corporate farming interests, not your little local farmer.One of the most glaring negatives is the manner in which the majority of the funding for proven conservation programs was stripped out or reduced. When mention is made about drilling for our own oil either in Alaska or off the coast, the great outrage people show is in the name of protecting the environment. But when a program called Sodbuster, just to name one of several valuable programs, is eliminated and farmers are allowed to put a plow on some of the last remaining natural grasslands in the prairies of the Dakotas that provide habitat for a vast number of wildlife, erosion control and the saving of top soil, no one seems to care.
This farm bill is an environmental disaster, but where's the outrage?