Joe Miller, the GOP's surprising Senate nominee in Alaska, has said he opposes federal agriculture spending. But the Osborne native collected more than $7,000 in federal farm subsidies over seven years on Kansas land he owned and rented out to be farmed before selling it in 1998. A Miller spokesman told the Alaska Dispatch that "like the vast majority of farmers in that region, Joe received payment from the USDA in exchange for managing his crops according to government standards," also explaining to an Anchorage Daily News blog that "the situation the country was in was far different than now." Miller reportedly owned a farm in Geary County. Another fun fact about him: Miller and Kansas secretary of state candidate Kris Kobach were classmates at Yale Law School and have kept in touch.
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