Looks like it. Nonetheless, my guess is the milk program will be the most impregnable to any meaningful change, given the power of the participants. (Thinking about it, a payment cap change might have significant impact.)
Hein Hettinga, who owns a small Arizona dairy farm, took on big business and lost. Hettinga was competing for retail sales against Arizona's largest milk company, Shamrock Foods. Hettinga chose not to participate in the federal government program and the United Dairymen of Arizona (UDA) complained that he was affecting the USDA price-setting formula causing lower returns for other dairies. The UDA cooperative handles 85% of the state's milk. Powerful lobbyists paid off some politicians to have a law passed, which in effect, required Hettinga's Sarah Farms to participate in the program. He now has to pay his competitors $400,000 a year to stay in business - a sum that cripples his operation. According to some activists who claim sarcastically, this is why we need socialism - to keep big companies big and keep the little guy down. Hettinga has filed a federal lawsuit, alleging that the so-called Milk Regulatory Equity Act of 2005 is unconstitutional. [More]Which is why I am not optimistic about the future for small producers, except perhaps agrarian/organic/raw farmers who can connect directly to the consumer. The tricky thing there is we really don't know how large or wealthy that sector of milk buyers is. Or whether that nascent supply chain will be shut down by nervous conventional milk producers.