Agriculture and related industries contributed 992 billion dollars to the U.S. gross domestic product in 2015. That seems like big business numbers, but America's farmers are in trouble, with many farmers stating that they need subsidies to survive. This compelling collection of essays simplifies the complicated controversies fo agricultural subsidies for readers. Essays are arranged in a pro versus con format, so readers benefit from more than on intelligent viewpoint. Being able to compare divergent views in one source allows for quick activation of critical thinking skills. Across four chapters, readers will evaluate why agricultural subsidies exist, why there are concerns, whether subsidies should be eliminated, and what some alternatives might be.