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From Farm Policy Facts

Editor’s note: It’s been a hard year for the nation’s wheat farmers. Against a backdrop of disasters, falling prices and the lowest number of wheat acres under cultivation in U.S. history, wheat farmers have been making the rounds in Washington to explain the importance of a strong farm safety net in the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill. This is the last in our five part series.

Dave Milligan’s family farm has about 4,000 acres in Michigan. His father was a farmer as were both his grandfathers. His son is now running the day-to-day operations. They farm wheat, corn, soybeans and edible beans. The winter wheat harvest wrapped up in the second half of July. Yields were good but not as good as last year.

“We had an excellent year last year so it’s hard to take a little decrease,” he said with a laugh.

Milligan has been watching the growing debate over the farm bill, and is concerned about the talk of funding cuts.

“When the last one was written, farming was really good and they made a lot of cuts,” he said. “Now before they even started the next farm bill, they have taken drastic reductions. And they are talking about further reductions, which is kind of ironic. I get a little tired of agriculture taking the hits.”

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