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EWG to Release 2012 Farm Subsidy Database

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Environmental Working Group will host a press briefing tomorrow in Room 304 in the Cannon House Office Building at 1:00 p.m. (EST) for accredited journalists and congressional staffers to release its latest edition of its highly referenced farm subsidy database. The 2012 database tracks $277.3 billion in commodity, crop insurance, conservation, and disaster subsidies paid between 1995 and 2011.

The briefing will also highlight the notable members of Congress who have benefitted from taxpayer-funded farm subsidy payments.

And EWG's vice president of government affairs Scott Faber will participate on a panel at the National Press Foundation at 11:00 a.m. (EST) to discuss the recently passed Senate farm bill. Click here to register for the free webinar.

Table Scraps:

The Lincoln Journal Star ran an editorial today that emphasizes the importance of protecting conservation funding in the farm bill. And a new poll out from National Farmers Union and Cultivate Impact reports that 86 percent of farmers said “conservation funding should be maintained or increased.”

Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisc., told the Leader-Telegram Eau Claire that he would "hate to see a farm bill that encourages one of our most important commodities to be exported from Wisconsin — our topsoil."

The Chicago Sun-Times has an editorial out that says the food assistance cuts in the Senate’s recently passed farm bill are “too steep”.

An editorial from the Moscow-Pullman Daily News urges Congress to not tighten its fiscal belt on the backs of poor families and hungry children and to avoid cuts in nutrition programs.

The Fiscal Times calls out the Senate for playing a “shell game” by replacing direct payments with a new layer of taxpayer support to the already bloated crop insurance program.

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