On USDA's Web site the publication "For the Good of the People' can be found. This publication provides food for thought. Conservation programs, which save precious soil from wind or water erosion and benefit wildlife, are easy for both urban and rural consumers to understand and accept.
However, subsidy payments are not so easily understood. For that reason you will see a great deal of negative publicity for USDA farm programs especially when congress is negotiating a new Farm Bill. Urban folks, who have no connection to the farm, have no understanding about what is needed to farm the land or why subsidies are necessary. USDA-FSA subsidies help provide stability in rural America and for the agricultural economic sector, besides providing US consumers an affordable, safe and abundant food supply. For example, in India 51.3 percent of a person's income is needed to supply adequate food for their family; in Mexico 24.5 percent, South Africa 27.5 percent, Japan 17.6 percent, etc.