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house Bill H.R. 3714

Does the Small Business Administration Need to Update its Size Standards for Small Farms?

Argument in favor

The Small Business Administration’s current threshold for a small agricultural business is arbitrary and 16 years old. It needs an update that opens the door for more small farms to compete for federal contracts.

operaman's Opinion
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04/19/2016
First of all, there are not many small farms. New mechanized machinery have aided the small farmer with employee costs, but comes at a high cost. Local banks have all but disappeared leaving SBA. The government could help by reducing regulations
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Mart's Opinion
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04/20/2016
Random size is ambiguous, and why should any size farm get government aid? Stop picking winners and losers.
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GrumpyMSgt's Opinion
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04/20/2016
Yes, give the little guy a break for a change!
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Argument opposed

Current law states that small agricultural businesses earn $750,000 or less in revenue per year, which is an acceptable standard and doesn’t lead to small farms that exceed that standard being wrongly excluded.

Al's Opinion
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04/19/2016
I would feel different if I thought the clowns in our legislature would actually do something for "small farmers". This looks like another gimmick to include even bigger corporate farms for more taxpayer welfare. No confidence here!
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Alis's Opinion
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04/24/2016
It is completely insane to attempt to turn small farming into a Koch-like enterprise. Of course, most of our elected ones are fond of foisting insanity on unsuspecting citizens. Stop it now! Think for once before you do any more damage to the US economy in the interest of getting more $$$ in your reelection coffers!
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pgshpak's Opinion
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04/20/2016
A business that makes over $750,000 a year is not a small business. I'm not worried about their ability to compete when they're already succeeding.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • The house Passed April 19th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Small Business
    IntroducedOctober 8th, 2015

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    First of all, there are not many small farms. New mechanized machinery have aided the small farmer with employee costs, but comes at a high cost. Local banks have all but disappeared leaving SBA. The government could help by reducing regulations
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    I would feel different if I thought the clowns in our legislature would actually do something for "small farmers". This looks like another gimmick to include even bigger corporate farms for more taxpayer welfare. No confidence here!
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    It is completely insane to attempt to turn small farming into a Koch-like enterprise. Of course, most of our elected ones are fond of foisting insanity on unsuspecting citizens. Stop it now! Think for once before you do any more damage to the US economy in the interest of getting more $$$ in your reelection coffers!
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    Random size is ambiguous, and why should any size farm get government aid? Stop picking winners and losers.
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    A business that makes over $750,000 a year is not a small business. I'm not worried about their ability to compete when they're already succeeding.
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    If you're making $750,000 a year, u don't "need" corporate welfare. That is quite a good living but $15 an hour is too much? Hypocrits
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    While I don't have a problem establishing new standards, I do have a problem giving the authority to set those standards to the agency. They need to be established and included in the Bill. Congress needs to take responsibility for the laws they enact. They have given too much authority to unelected people in every agency because they don't want to make the hard decisions that might piss off a voter.
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    Yes, give the little guy a break for a change!
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    Yes they need to revise the bill that pushed small farmers out of farming. Yes, most farms now days are larger farms because when your neighbor farmer goes out of business because he can't compete with the government you pick up his land and grow. The times of a farm being a few acres and ma and pa walking around in overalls are over. Believe it or not a family of 4 can run a farm of several thousand acres now due to modern advancements. No matter the industry, a man with a pen shouldn't dictate what the man with dirt on his hands does.
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    How about getting rid of the small business administration entirely? It doesn't in actuality help America's small businesses in any way. It only comes up with definitions and regulations for small businesses specifically.
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    Farmers are doing just fine believe me. Just my opinion
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    Logical.
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    Net income and number of employees should be considered. Agricultural companies hiring more people have could have far greater expenses affecting net income, but we should be rewarding companies for hiring, so more flexibility in this matter is a good thing.
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    No need
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    Yes, it should be reduced
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    Why not, they bend all the rules for big businesses.
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    No comment.
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    Seems appropriate as long as there are safeguards against abuse.
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    The standards are just fine. We don't need any more government interference.
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