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Published January 06 2013

Forum editorial: The people of Frisco win roses

Prairie roses: To the people and officials of Frisco, Texas, who really rolled out the welcome mat for the thousands of Bison fans who flocked to their city for Saturday’s NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Division I game. The test between Sam Houston State University of Texas and North Dakota State University was a rematch of last year’s game, when Bison fans also made the trek south. This year NDSU had an estimated 14,000 fans at the Texas stadium, which is remarkable. The community opened its arms and treated the visitors to a good time, not only at the game and preliminary parties and celebrations but also at restaurants, hotels and pubs throughout the area. Texas hospitality was on display, and the fans from North Dakota really appreciated being in the game’s host city.

Leafy spurge: To forces in the nation’s agriculture community that have been lobbying, apparently successfully, to retain the direct payment provision in a new farm bill. Last week when fiscal cliff legislation was passed, it was revealed that direct payments to farmers, which had been pulled from farm bill proposals by the U.S. Senate and a committee of the U.S. House, will continue in an extension of the current farm bill, to the surprise of many ag legislation watchers. The payments are favored by Southern rice and cotton growers, but Great Plains corn and small grain growers were ready to give them up, and for good reasons. The payments have become one of the flash points of criticism that farm bill opponents use to claim farmers are getting payments that are not warranted. In times of a strong global commodities market, it is difficult for farmers to justify direct payments. Lobbyists trying to preserve direct payments threaten the success of a new farm bill.

Forum editorials represent the opinion of Forum management and the newspaper’s Editorial Board.