Since I was once roamed the halls of the USDA, I decided to take a close look at how they're doing lately under our Republican president.
When President Bush released the details of his budget for fiscal 2002, farmers were surprised to discover that the U.S. Department of Agriculture was on the chopping block.
Currently struggling with Depression-era prices for their commodities, farmers have received nearly $70 billion in government aid since 1998, and they expected the subsidies to continue until the market improved.
But farm aid was missing from Bush's budget. The White House said farm conditions are improving and the subsidies are no longer needed. Instead, the president said farmers could apply for aid from a national emergency fund that would serve not just farmers but the whole country, including those areas hit by natural disasters.