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Posted inPolicyPolitics

Farm subsidies a complex mix of financial aid, politics & markets

Since the 1930s, the federal government has managed an increasingly complex system of subsidies, direct payments, incentives and other financial assistance to American farmers, all with the goal of making the difficult and risky work of farming less volatile and more sustainable, particularly for small, family operations. But even some who participate in the system concede that it is far from perfect, often producing unintended consequences and counterintuitive results.