Blog author: jballor
Monday, December 17, 2007

Late last Friday the US Senate passed a federal farm subsidies bill, amounting to over $286 billion over five years.

For the first time funding has been extended to new areas like support for fruits and vegetables. That $3 billion of the bill is not direct aid, but rather is marked for “research, marketing, farm markets and providing fruits and vegetables to more school children.”

So perhaps you can expect the federal government, as any good nanny state should, to fund initiatives mimicking this to convince your children that “carrots want to go to the party in your tummy.” (Hey, it works on my 2 and a half year-old.)

David Gavin, a fruit and vegetable farmer in Michigan, says of dependence on federal subsidies, “When you look at how much is spent, you start scratching your head. I’m glad we (fruit and vegetable growers) haven’t gone down that road. Once you get to a certain size, I think you can afford to do it on your own.”

And by the way, you can check out a brief interview I did yesterday morning on the topic of farm subsidies with Charlotte, NC talk radio station WBT 1110-AM here, based in part on the Acton Commentary Ray Nothstine and I wrote a few weeks back.

See also: Jimmy Carter, “Subsidies’ Harvest of Misery,” Washington Post

  • John Powers

    Carter’s track record in agriculture is not at all matched by his rhetoric. Here is the guy who single handedly wrecked the farm economy for a generation via the grain embargo (and the heavy equipment embargo) giving advice on how to manage the farm economy?

    The price of corn and soybeans were at record highs (yes, higher than today’s prices with inflation) in the 1970’s because of world trade, not government mischief. Carter dumped a functioning trading system to score political points.

    It didn’t work.

  • Joshua D. Lewis

    Yo Gabbaa Gabba and farm subsidies.


    Nice write up in the press btw.