ARE has had a long track record analyzing and investigating the economic implications of farm policy with a strong emphasis on the US farm bill. In particular, crop insurance programs have been extensively analyzed by faculty members, Barry Goodwin, Rod Rejesus, and Nick Piggott.
Other aspects of the farm bill such as the US sugar policy have been analyzed by Tom Vukina, Agricultural and Resource Economics Department Head, John Beghin, and others. The social cost of the program, and the cost to tax payers have been of particular interest. Much of this work has been done through The American Enterprise Institute.
Goodwin has contributed to the AEI series on the Farm Bill with many articles which analyze agricultural policy. Barry also participates in the AEI “ReThink Tank” which recently produced a video titled “Farm Subsidies are a Solution in Search of a Problem.”