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#394: Why Taxpayers Pay For Farmers' Insurance

August 15th, 2012

Episode 504 of 902 episodes

In spite of the drought, many U.S. farmers will do just fine this year. They are, after all, covered by crop insurance — a program that costs U.S. taxpayers $7 billion a year. On today's show, we travel to Fairbury, Illinois. We meet three generations of farmers who tell us that, even without government-subsidized crop insurance, their farms would survive the drought. So why does the government spend so much on crop insurance programs? We talk to an ag economist who has a surprising answer.

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