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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

Abstract:

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.