Reforming American Agriculture

90272538More than nearly any other sector of the economy, agriculture is dominated by outdated and counter-productive central planning regimes that combine price controls, import restrictions, explicit production caps, massive subsidies and the moral hazard of non-risk-based insurance to form a system worthy of the old Soviet Union.

The R Street Institute argues for the gradual dismantling of the entire government-dominated agricultural industrial complex and a return to free markets, with particular focus on removing subsidies to federal crop insurance that encourage wanton and environmentally destructive risk-taking.



The value of conservation compliance to hunters and anglers

In recent years, free-market groups and environmental activists have demonstrated they can work together effectively to root out wasteful federal subsidies that benefit environmentally destructive development. As such efforts at collaboration expand and move forward, there is one natural constituency that shares significant political overlap with both groups: sportsmen and sportswomen.

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Conservation Compliance: The obscure environmental provision key to protecting taxpayers and privatizing crop insurance

The overwhelming majority of American farms receive federal subsidies of some sort. These payments are controversial and, in the opinion of many who favor smaller government, ought not to exist at all.

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Green Scissors 2012

Green Scissors 2012 recommends nearly $700 billion in cuts to wasteful and environmentally harmful federal spending. It is produced by Friends of the Earth, Taxpayers for Common Sense, and R Street. This diverse coalition of environmental, taxpayer and free-market groups has come together to show how the government can save billions of tax dollars and improve our environment.

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R Street policy statement on crop insurance reform

As Congress returns for a second attempt at crafting fiscally responsible food and farm policy, it should ensure that basic limitations to taxpayer liability are applied to federally subsidized crop insurance.

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