just saw an interesting article on the farm bill with a twist on reducing payments. offer free insurance instead of payments. as a benefactor of payments and non-resident farmer, i think i'm in favor of this at first blush. i just can't believe scotty pippen and other types need the payments. the payments were to help small towns and preserve distibution of production, but if the money goes to scotty, the intent is lost to smooth over production cycles for smaller producers not able to distribute their production and minimize risk from weather.