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How Farm Subsidies Harm Taxpayers, Consumers, and Farmers, Too

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Publication Date: June 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Brian M. Riedl

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Agriculture, forestry and fishing (Agriculture and agricultural policy)

Keywords: Agriculture; Budget; farm bill

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This year's farm bill debate will test whether Congress is serious about reform or will continue business as usual by pandering to special interests. Congress and President Bush should take a more sensible approach to farm policy this year. Instead of rubberstamping the status quo, they should return to the market-based approach embodied in the 1996 Freedom to Farm Act.