The Senate is weighing a bill that would pull some subsidies from farmers, cutting about $5 billion from the Federal Budget annually. The genesis for farm subsidies came during the Great Depression and were safety nets for small farmers to help keep them on the land. Now a good deal of subsidies, under the same law, go to corporate mega-farms. We have traveled extensively looking at farming issues throughout the country over the years. With the pendulum swinging toward more and more of these huge farms, the small family farms are sadly diminishing in kind — as is a way of life that was once the backbone of our country, I told the Country Today News in Wisconsin during a previous campaign. Our agricultural policy proposes creating an environment that would make it favorable for the small family farm to make a big comeback. What’s more, we would also push to make it favorable for a return of organic growing, en mass. On a stop at Oberlin College several years ago to meet with David Orr, head of the Environmental Sciences Department there, he said modern toxic farm chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers…) are creating “chemical cocktails” in our systems that are exploding into things like cancer. Note: Statistics show that one in three Americans now get cancer in a lifetime. Common sense says that instead of just “Racing for a Cure;” maybe we should be looking at stopping using: THE THINGS THAT CAUSE CANCER IN THE FIRST PLACE!