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What is an agricultural subsidy?

How does this work? Explain it to me like I'm a kindergartner.....

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 10:28 AM on Apr. 22, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • It depends on where you live and what is being grown. In some regions, farmers get money to NOT grow their cash crop because there is too much of it on the market. In other regions, farmers get money TO grow a cash crop they would not normally grow. In some areas of agriculture, farmers get money to off-set the high cost of growing a crop/livestock that the country needs but the market is not supporting the overhead cost i.e. pork - we want it but the market is paying, for example, $1 per pound but it takes $1.50 per pound to grow the pig; hence, we get an agricultural subsidy.
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 10:36 AM on Apr. 22, 2009

  • My parents got a subsidy a few times. It was just money for the government to help subsidize their farm. My dad was a dairy farmer for about 20 years. He got money because the price he was getting for his milk couldn't support what he was spending. He eventually got out of it because he was spending SO much more than he was making. When he quit, he owed $15,000 to the feed company.
    Cavalrybaby02

    Answer by Cavalrybaby02 at 10:41 AM on Apr. 22, 2009

  • Watch King Corn. That gives a pretty accurate picture.
    Raintree

    Answer by Raintree at 10:51 AM on Apr. 22, 2009

  • Oh, right...the movie theater...that's where I go when I'm in need of political/social/environmental information. (rolls eyes)
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:19 PM on Apr. 22, 2009

  • It's a DOCUMENTARY. Rather educational, actually. And guess what?? Movies CAN educate.

    (rolls eyes)
    Raintree

    Answer by Raintree at 1:15 PM on Apr. 22, 2009

  • If you're going to post a smart remark, anon 1219, then you could at least answer the question. Someone needs a life.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:19 PM on Apr. 22, 2009

  • the movie/documentary/comedy has nothing to do with explaining how a government subsidy works. seek other reliable sources and not that liberal freakish one.
    http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/AgriculturalSubsidyPrograms.html
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:45 PM on Apr. 22, 2009

  • those greenies live in such close quarters their brains become compact. i'm right, i'm right, i'm right.... no, you're not.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:46 PM on Apr. 22, 2009

  • which btw, the movie theaters would not show.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:50 PM on Apr. 22, 2009

  • this is good, googling king corn i found it was in the same category as a documentary about weiner dog racing. too effin funny.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:57 PM on Apr. 22, 2009

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