For generations, tens of billions of U.S. taxpayers' dollars have been shoveled away through various agriculture subsidy programs. Many of them reward big agri-businesses, not small family farms.
Farm subsidies are one of the biggest outrages in the federal budget. Now, farm state members of Congress want a new package of subsidies, to guard farmers against crop losses not covered by other insurance.
Even the American Farm Bureau Federation thinks it's a bad idea. It will encourage farmers to take risks they otherwise would avoid, the AMBF points out.
Congress should waste no time in plowing the idea under.