A free market means you produce some product and sell it on a free market. The producer pays for the input and sells it, and the difference is what is called profit. This is capitalism.

Farmers are not capitalists. Farmers get crop insurance paid for by the government. (Wouldn't it be nice to have the government pay for workers' insurance?). Plus, they get subsidies from the government for their products - known as crop subsidies.

Remember, every time you get a benefit from the government there are politics involved. That's why the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is in the Farm Bill.

Terry Mikulich

Pine City, Minn.