Wisconsin Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) is hoping to see more reforms in the next version of the federal farm bill.
With Democrats in control of the White House and Congress next year, Kind says there's a chance for major subsidy reforms to be included in the next farm bill. He says they're clearly needed, after a recent government report showed nearly 3,000 individuals with an adjusted gross income of over $2.5 million are still receiving taxpayer subsidies.
The Wisconsin Democrat would also like to see the focus shifted to the family farm and sufficient funding for programs that help preserve and protect farm land.
So far, Kind says it appears President-elect Barack Obama is on board with those ideas.
Kind was a leading supporter of subsidy reforms during the 2008 re-authorization of the farm bill.