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Cash crop

May 11, 2015

By Vincent H. Smith

Farmers in the United States benefit from hundreds of government programs. In 2015 alone, they will receive about $18 billion in the form of direct taxpayer-funded subsidies. These so-called “farm income safety net” payments flow to farmers through federal crop price support, dairy income support and livestock insurance programs.

As if that wasn’t enough, other benefits come in the form of hidden subsidies that raise prices for household products such as sugar. By including restrictions on the imports of some commodities, these market-distorting programs raise crop prices and damage the competitiveness of the U.S. food processing industry.

Farmers are also encouraged to adopt conservation practices through substantial subsidies from the U.S. taxpayer. While the stated goal of these programs is to reduce environmental pollution and limit the loss of the nation’s soil resources and wild life habitats, an important second goal for many of these programs is to pay farmers to take land out of production and raise crop prices by reducing crop supplies...

Read the full article at the American Enterprise Institute: Cash Crop

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