The Depression-era farm subsidies created to support crop prices have not been useful for decades and serve mostly as a taxpayer handout to special interests, writes California Agricultural Issues Center director Daniel A. Sumner. He points to the sprawling nature of the farm bill, which includes $80 billion in funding for food stamps, as further evidence that it needs to be done away with and broken into smaller spending bills. "The farm bill was among the first instances in the long, discredited tradition of wrapping countless disparate programs into one massive spending bill that no one could read and in which only each narrow interest knows where their special goody is hidden," he writes.

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