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Federal subsidies keep farmers in business

November 2, 2005

Worth County- According to the Environmental Working Group's website, 60 growers in our area received between $500,000 to $2 million each in 2002.

Jerald Carter is finishing his peanut crop for the year. He says his annual profit comes from what is left of subsidies, and with the rising cost of fuel, fertilizer, and chemicals, that isn't much.

"The subsidies not only go to the farmer. The subsidies help subsidize the consumer and a lot of people don't understand that because if it wasn't for the subsidies then the price of food would be astronomical," says Carter.

Carter says this yearly subsidies will help offset diesel fuel prices. He says he budgeted for a dollar a gallon in January, now the price is three times that much.

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