Posts Tagged ‘farm subsidies’

  • Cotton Subsidies and Trade Barriers

    The Cotton Wars

    Feb 7, 14 • 563 Views • No Comments

    The Brazilian cotton saga continues…or maybe it has ended. Our story starts with the $150 million a year that the US had been giving to Brazilian cotton growers. We were sending close to $12 million a month because Brazilian farmers protested that the...  [read more]

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    International Trade: The Story of a Subsidy

    May 11, 13 • 473 Views • No Comments

    Oddly, some US farm subsidies go to Brazil. Imagine a safety net when you think of a subsidy. If prices are too low, then growers get money from the federal government. During the 1930s Great Depression, the goal of subsidies was to sustain a farmer’s...  [read more]

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    The Power of the Market: Part 1

    Jul 27, 11 • 285 Views • No Comments

    Maybe the market is more powerful than the Congress. First, some history… Hoping that farmers would earn a living wage, in 1933, the U.S. government decided to subsidize crop prices. The goal was “parity,” a level of purchasing power that...  [read more]