Is there a Raft of Rural Subsidies?

March 10th, 2011  By Brian Depew – Civil Eats Blog

The ill-defined term “rural subsidies” is at the center of a debate between Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. See parts one, two, and three.

Klein refers several times to “rural subsidies,”….If by “rural subsidies” Klein means farm commodity subsidies, that should be isolated and taken head on….

Current policy encourages big farms to get even bigger. Fewer farmers means fewer people in rural America. As farms consolidate, the population in the countryside declines. As the farm population declines, small towns also decline as less farmers need supplies and services. Rather than sustaining rural life, the current farm commodity system subsidies the
decline of rural life.

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