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Our weeklong series -- to cut continues tonight with a look at eliminating agriculture subsidies.
First correspondent Doug Callaway.
Joseph dutrow is the -- of -- candy company in Reno Nevada it's billed as the biggest little candy company in the world.
But it might be better known as the candy company that came back to the United States.
I never so that was -- smartest guy in the world that.
You know I think what happened was is after 9/11 I became.
Much more patriotic and I decided that I wanted to create jobs in the United States and not jobs in Korea where I was manufacturing.
But do just costs of doing business at home.
Are going up.
I actually was one of the companies that got cheap world sugar prices and then when coming back into the United States have found out that -- was -- and up to 90% more for sugar and the last few years.
Like ridiculous you know -- to lose and candy manufactures and America because project sugars.
Four to six times higher here than it is anywhere else in the world what explains -- usually high price of sugar here.
The federal government subsidizes -- that's an old Soviet style command and control process.
The sugar program includes import quotas price supports.
Restrictions on how much sugar can be grown those subsidies at three and a half billion dollars a year to the cost of American products that contain sugar.
There's a reason why most products do not contain sugar anymore they contain high fructose corn syrup.
Or in some cases organic sugar which will raise the price of that product.
-- the sugar program was simply too costly beneficiaries claim -- sound reasons for the subsidies.
Other governments are subsidizing their farmers and a much greater percentage than our government -- and so we feel like in order for our farmers to be able to compete worldwide.
We need to have some government support.
Subsidies have their roots in the Great Depression -- drought devastated farming but eight decades later critics say they are grossly outdated.
Take dairy subsidies which cost taxpayers one point one billion dollars a year.
They include a point but expensive provision called milk marketing orders.
That originally restricted how far -- to be transported from farm to market to prevent spoilage today refrigerated trucking in validates that concern.
There are fewer milk marketing orders but they still exist nonetheless another subsidy on peanuts cost taxpayers 55 million dollars every year.
It's illegal to grow peanuts in most states.
There is no reason why peanuts can't be grown everywhere.
It would certainly lower the price to consumers.
And yet it's another example -- very very small group of farmers having an outsized influence on congress.
Complicating this many congressman from form -- that benefit from one subsidy.
Will collude with others who get a different subsidy you vote for my crop subsidy all vote for yours.
Insuring -- subsidies remain intact.
And consumer cost remain higher.
If you -- -- find out just how much agriculture subsidies are costing you go to foxnews.com.
And on the home page under our story click on the taxpayer calculator -- That very interesting series this -- that Ankiel -- thanks again thank you.
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