Reply to "Rice exports bags US$10M more in bumper first crop"

caribny posted:
Reeper posted:
 

Question, when the US gives out subsidies to farmers, how do they determine that they are not propping up inefficient operations? Maybe this could be a model to leverage. 

Subsidies are determined by political lobbying.  The big guys get the subsidies and the small guys become indebted with many forced out of business.

I hesitated to take your statement at face value. I did some research and found that there are specific guidelines to getting farm subsidies in the US that has nothing to do with lobbying.  It looks like anyone can apply. 

http://smallbusiness.chron.com...m-subsidy-39572.html

The size of your acreage plays a part in how much of a direct subsidy you receive, but you may also be required to show that you’ve been actively farming the land as a business by supplying copies of past income taxes. If your land qualifies, the FSA will determine the amount of your payment based on the number of acres in cultivation. 

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