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Crop Insurance

Friday, September 12, 2014

This week, the Department of Agriculture predicted that the 2014-2015 U.S. corn harvest will be the largest ever. Because of policies that Congress adopted in the 2014 farm bill, that could also mean record payouts of taxpayers’ money.

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Blog Post
Thursday, September 11, 2014

From 2003 through 2012, crop insurance premium subsidies cost taxpayers $42.1 billion – 72 percent of the federal crop insurance program’s total costs.   If Congress had paid attention when it had the chance, it would have trimmed premium subsidies – instead of ballooning the deficit.       

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AgMag
Blog Post
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Next Tuesday (Aug. 5), Missourians will decide if their state constitution should be amended to enshrine a so-called “Right-to-Farm” provision. The vaguely worded and open-ended amendment states, “the right of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in this state.”

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AgMag
Blog Post
Thursday, June 26, 2014

When U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual spending bill comes up for action again in the House and Senate next month, Congress may finally get a chance to rein in unlimited, secret subsidies to some of the nation’s largest farm businesses.

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AgMag
Blog Post
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The USDA Inspector General’s audit, released earlier this month, found that the heavily-subsidized crop insurance program suffered from an error rate for improper payments of at least 5.23 percent. The audit said the actual number could be higher.   And it’s significantly up from last year’s error rate of 4.08 percent.

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AgMag
Blog Post
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

As Americans finish up their taxes, it’s worth reflecting on how those tax dollars are being spent to widen the gap between the haves and the have-nots in farming.

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AgMag
Blog Post
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A new bill introduced Wednesday by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) aims to cap crop insurance subsidies, a reform that Environmental Working Group has long advocated.

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News Release
Thursday, March 6, 2014

You might be surprised to learn that a Congressman who considers himself a fiscal conservative and says one of his missions is to provide prudent fiscal management supported a bill that will cost $1 trillion over a decade and expand a federal crop insurance program that allows the richest agribusinesses to reap most of the benefits.

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AgMag
Blog Post
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

President Obama and Environmental Working Group agree: to reduce wasteful spending, Congress should cut back on egregiously high crop insurance subsidies.

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AgMag
Blog Post
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The 2015 federal budget released by the White House this morning includes important and very welcome initiatives to reform the bloated crop insurance program, Environmental Working Group said in a statement.

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News Release
Friday, February 7, 2014

President Obama signed into law today a farm bill that is bad for taxpayers and bad for the environment, the Environmental Working Group said in a statement.

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News Release
Friday, February 7, 2014

The nearly $1 trillion farm bill couldn’t have passed Congress without the support of self-proclaimed fiscal conservatives. 

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AgMag
Blog Post
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The farm bill passed by Congress takes food and farm policy in the wrong direction. Here’s what others have to say about the bill.

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AgMag
Blog Post
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Environmental Working Group (EWG) released the following statement in response to the passage of the farm bill in the Senate.

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News Release
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The bill produced by the farm bill conference committee falls far short of the reforms needed to create a federal food and agricultural policy that can meet the challenges of the 21st century, the Environmental Working Group said today.

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News Release
Monday, January 27, 2014

EWG’s editors asked the entire staff to pick the top agriculture-related stories of 2013, a category that includes the farm bill, farm subsidies, crop insurance, conservation, genetically engineered crops and food and several other related topics.

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AgMag
Blog Post
Friday, January 24, 2014

If the crop insurance proposals in the 2013 farm bill, including STAX, are enacted and their costs are as high as some expect, the United States could be in serious jeopardy of violating WTO trade commitments once again.

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AgMag
Blog Post
Friday, January 3, 2014

By including the most costly components of the farm bills that passed the House and Senate, the bill expected to emerge this month from a House-Senate conference committee could cost taxpayers even more than current farm programs – and ignite a trade war to boot.

 

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AgMag
Blog Post
Thursday, December 19, 2013

Congress could dramatically cut spending on the federal crop insurance program without sacrificing anything other than the political objective of propping up a crop insurance industry that only exists because of taxpayer support. Cutting this spending would not necessarily mean providing farmers with less money, because the freed-up funds could be spent on programs that benefit both farmers and the public.

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A new report commissioned by Environmental Working Group finds that the heavily subsidized crop insurance program over-compensated Corn Belt farmers by $7.8 billion during the 2012 drought and lays out ways to cut wasteful spending.

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News Release

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