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Farmers Received $22 Billion In Subsidies In 2019 – Here’s Why Some Economists Are Concerned

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Farmers across the country have had a tough few years, between drought and climate change, evolving regulations, and of course, tariffs due to the Trump administration’s escalating trade war abroad. In one big way, however, 2019 was a good year for agriculture: Farmers received their largest subsidies in over a decade.

Dan Charles, NPR’s food and agriculture correspondent, recently reported on these subsidies, and he sat down with FM89’s Kerry Klein to talk about the scale of the payments and why many economists feel they should have received more scrutiny from Washington.

Kerry Klein is an award-winning reporter whose coverage of public health, air pollution, drinking water access and wildfires in the San Joaquin Valley has been featured on NPR, KQED, Science Friday and Kaiser Health News. Her work has earned numerous regional Edward R. Murrow and Golden Mike Awards and has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists and Society of Environmental Journalists. Her podcast Escape From Mammoth Pool was named a podcast “listeners couldn’t get enough of in 2021” by the radio aggregator NPR One.