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BridgeTheGap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 09:17 AM
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Fairness Campaign assails Kentucky Farm Bureau for right-wing political stance
The first car Hampton Hoppy Henton ever drove was a Chevrolet Biscayne.

It was an ugly thing, recalls the 62-year-old Woodford County farmer, but it ran.

The Hentons insured the Biscayne with Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance, the commonwealths largest property and casualty insurance provider, because, as Henton puts it, The Farm Bureau is just something youre born into. My father was a member, and Im a former director at the state and county levels.

But the self-described yellow dog Democrat, whose 200-year-old family farm pre-dates the commonwealth, finds himself regularly chafing against the Farm Bureaus conservative political stances, which he claims distract from the bureaus true agenda, which increasingly favors big agribusiness over family farms like his own.

Theyve got policies against gay marriage and against the right of farmers to unionize, he says. You tell me what the hell does any of that have to do with agriculture?
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