good grief. How about I just pay farmers for their food & cut out the government?
You would be paying much more for your food. Much, much more.
The price of rent, labor, and chemicals is through the roof compared to just about every other location in the world.
Just to stay alive from the competition against a foreign treasury, most of us have become incredibly efficient.
Remember, not all farmers receive subsidies.
Another thing, being in debt seven digits every year (i.e. basic crop loan) is to be expected for many farmers. How would you feel if you had to sit and watch your crop rot in the field due to unseasonably high rain fall during harvest time?