Farm subsidy payments: an EWG analysis
The Environmental Working Group, ever on the job, has a new analysis of subsidy payments to farmers.
Nearly 28,000 farmers got USDA payments worth $19 billion since 1985.
Between 1985 and 2016, farm subsidy programs paid farmers when crop prices fell below price guarantees set in the federal farm bill or, more recently, when crop revenue fell below historic averages. In addition, “direct” subsidy payments linked to historic crop production were made between 1996 and 2014. Disaster payments have been paid through both annual spending bills and permanent disaster programs.