In 2001, government payments to farmers amounted to an astounding 47 percent of farmer income, up

May 9, 2015

In 2001, government payments to farmers amounted to an astounding 47 percent of farmer income, up from about 20 percent in the 1990s. Despite this enormous infusion of cash, farmer income declined steadily during the same period, and many US farmers are under increasing financial stress.

 

Source: "Agriculture in Crisis," Rethinking US Agricultural Policy: Changing Course to Secure Farmer Livelihoods Worldwide, September 2003, 9

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