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U.S. Farmers Rank Low on Global Subsidy Scale

Published Jun. 15, 2009

Research by Texas Tech University’s Economics Research Institute (CERI) shows that all countries, regardless of size, protect their agricultural producers and generally far more than the United States.  According to CERI, the U.S. falls near the bottom on the use of tariffs. A country-by-country and commodity-by-commodity breakdown of foreign agricultural subsidies and tariffs reveals some of America’ biggest competitors in the developing world have much higher tariff protection, while fellow developed nations in the European Union and Japan outpace the U.S. in producer income supports.



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