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Agricultural Subsidies—Down on the DC Farm: The Mises Circle in Indianapolis

Indianapolis Mises Circle 2011

May 14, 2011 - 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM JW Marriott, Indianapolis

Tags Big GovernmentCorporate WelfareThe EnvironmentFree MarketsU.S. Economy

Sponsored by Weaver Popcorn Company

Some government programs seem to last forever, no matter how preposterous. So it is with agricultural subsidies. They raise prices. They reward in efficient producers. They subsidize unfairly. They divert resources. And they cost taxpayers mightily.

This one-day event will explore the history, present, and future of agriculture subsidies from the point of view of economic theory, demonstrating why few government programs enjoy less rationale than this one.

Sessions and lunch take place at the beautiful, new, downtown JW Marriott, 10 S. West Street, Indianapolis.   

The Program

8:30 a.m.    Registration begins, coffee, Bookstore open

9:30 a.m.    Welcome

9:45 a.m.    Thomas DiLorenzo "The Agricultural-University Complex: Destroying Agriculture for 80 Years"

10:15 a.m.  Douglas French "Farmland Boom and Bust"

10:45 a.m.  Discussion, refreshments, Bookstore open

11:00 a.m.  Yuri Maltsev "What Soviet Agriculture Teaches Us"

11:30 a.m.  Robert Higgs "Ethanol Subsidies Have Many Bad Consequences"

Noon   Luncheon

1:00 p.m.    Robert Murphy "Government Ag Policies: Harvesting Absurdities"

1:30 p.m.    All-speaker panel, Q&A

2:00 p.m.    Adjourn

2:30 p.m.    Bookstore closes

Additional Information

James W. Fogal CFP®, Director of Development for the Institute, is available during breaks and after adjournment to discuss charitable/tax saving strategies.

The Mises Bookstore will be open 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and takes cash, credit cards, or checks. Speakers are happy to autograph their books.

For accommodations, contact the JW Marriott at 317-860-5800 before April 29, and mention Mises Institute for a special rate of $129 per night, plus tax and service fees. 

Public parking lot across the street from JW Marriott for $10 per day, or valet or self-parking is available at the JW Marriott.  

Driving directions are here. Attire is business casual.

Full-time students can apply to receive complimentary admission to sessions and lunch.

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Publicity Waiver: Registering for this event gives the Mises Institute permission to take photos of attendees and use the photos for fundraising purposes. By this authorization, attendees understand and agree that no participant shall receive renumeration and that all rights, title and interest to the photos and use of them belongs to the Mises Institute.