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Farm Subsidies Cause Harm All Around

U.S. farm policies serve no legitimate purpose. They are falsely promoted as saving the family farm and protecting the food supply. In reality, they are America's largest corporate welfare program. Read More.

Top 10 Urban 'Farmers'

Plenty of city slickers — some related to each other — are among the 350,000 folks who culled bushels of cash out of the $25 billion in annual federal crop subsidies. Read More.

Agriculture Policy Ripe for Reform

Every five years Congress examines agriculture policy in the 'farm bill.'Major reforms are sorely needed to end market distortions and taxpayer subsidies to wealthy farmers, and to alleviate the artificially inflated food prices. Read More.

The U.S. Sugar Program: Bad for America

Government interference in the sugar market hurts consumers and food manufacturers by driving up the price of sugar, jeopardizing export growth, and weakening the U.S. economy by diverting resources from more competitive uses. Read More.

The 2012 Farm Bill’s New Subsidy

The Senate recently passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, which repeals a set of wasteful commodity programs. Yet it supplants those cuts with a costly new subsidy—the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) program. Read More.

Lawmakers should take a hard look at whether farm policies that were created to assist poor family farmers during the Great Depression make any sense in the current era of hugely profitable agribusinesses. They should enact policies that allow farmers to base their crop-planting decisions on market demand, not government subsidies and regulations.


Experts on Agriculture

  • Daren Bakst img Daren Bakst

    Research Fellow in Agricultural Policy

  • Diane Katz img Diane Katz

    Research Fellow in Regulatory PolicySenior Research Fellow in Regulatory Policy