Now I agree that global trade includes some strange incentives, but ideally the WTO can help settle any issues that might arise here. For a bizarre story on subsidies and trade, check out NPR's coverage of the US-Brazil 'cotton wars'. (Edit: This is actually a case where the subsidies led to the WTO sanctioning the US for killing Brazil's ability to compete) I don't think that the ag subs are 'evil' either. I think the congress had their hearts in the right place, as always. (No sarcasm actually). However, I do think that the subsidies really don't end up doing much. NPR had another story, which had a few farmers admit that they could probably handle their business without the help. I also agree that we are used to them right now, so we certainly can't just drop all the subs in one second. But I do think our farm industry could stand on it's own, and this would be cheaper in the long run.