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Farm Subsidies

Farms are important, but government subsidies warp the market and bring unintended consequences that harm consumers and farmers alike.

The U.S. government spends tens of billions of dollars every year on farm subsidies, pushing the price of subsidized crops below what they would be otherwise, flooding the market, and harming potential trade partners who would otherwise be able to sell to the American market. 

Big Corn

Essay Acton Commentary

More than 20 percent of U.S. corn is now dedicated to ethanol production. Outside the United States, the unintended consequences of ill-considered policies promoting ethanol and other bio-fuel crops are already in full view. The poor, of course, are hardest hit.

Free Farms

Publications Religion & Liberty

In our American system of free markets, cooperation and efficiency are key. As farmers this means we take care of our land, our animals, our water and our families to produce what consumers want to eat and at a price they are willing to pay. 

Fertile ground farm subsidy cuts

Essay Acton Commentary

The New Deal introduced an enormous number of agriculture subsidy programs paved with good intentions to help struggling farmers, create a stable food market, and alleviate poverty. But it is obvious that the government has failed to meet its original goals.