How Farmers Harvest U.S. Taxpayer Dollars

By David Ellis - 2013-09-09T14:38:32Z

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Planting in Dead Zones

Representative Ron Kind, a Democrat from Wisconsin, introduced an amendment this year to cap payments to farmers. The measure failed to be included in the farm law. He says insurance gives farmers too much of an incentive to dismiss risk. 

"You're going to see a lot of unproductive land brought into production because the taxpayer will cover the losses from all these riskless decisions being made in agriculture," Kind says.

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