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

Jan 10, 2020

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.