By Steve E. Swenson, The Bakersfield Californian Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Feb. 10--At least some cotton growers in Kern County are willing to accept their fair share of President Bush's proposal to cut crop subsidies by 5 percent as a way to help balance the federal budget.
"I realize the budget is out of control," said cotton and corn farmer Phillip Cerro of Bakersfield. "We need to do something to reel it in."
But Cerro, the vice chairman of the Farm Service Agency County Committee, which oversees the federal subsidy program in Kern County, said Wednesday he didn't think cotton farmers should take a disproportionate hit compared to corn, rice and other subsidy programs.
He and Shafter cotton farmer Fred …