Mike Palecek, Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives, 5th District of Iowa, recently said he would work to change the present Freedom to Farm agricultural policy.
"'Freedom to Farm' has failed, according to the farmers I've been talking to. It has increased production, which has led to a surplus, which means lower prices paid to the farmer. Then the government comes in to provide the bailout money. It's a sweet deal for the large ag corporations. Every dollar the taxpayer puts in is one they don't have to fork over."
"Tom Latham is tied to the large ag corporations. Bought and paid for. The farmers of northwest Iowa need someone who is committed to them. I'm ready to fight for the small guy against the big boys. I've been doing it all my life."
Monday, House Agriculture ranking member Charles Stenholm, D-Texas, said that the federal farm bill should be rewritten in 2001, rather than 2002. He vowed to achieve that goal if Democrats win control of the House and he becomes chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.
Palecek says he wants the chance to help Stenholm.
"This may be the last best hope to save the family farm," Palecek said. "Farmers are being forced off the land by big business. They are being pushed toward becoming franchise operators for McHog and McBean. If we don't want that, now is the time to act."