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Crop Insurance

Unlimited crop insurance subsidies now cost the taxpayer $9 billion a year and overwhelmingly flow to the largest and most successful farm businesses.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Two of the nation’s leading agricultural economists say federal crop insurance is greatly over-subsidized, adding yet another authoritative voice to those calling for reform.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Many of the Democrats who lost their seats this week voted for the 2014 farm bill – only to see farm groups donate to their Republican opponents.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Defenders of genetically engineered crops regularly claim that these varieties cut erosion by encouraging farmers to use tillage practices that enhance soil conservation.

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A new analysis by economists at Ohio State University and the University of Illinois concludes that lavish subsidy programs created in the 2014 farm bill could cost taxpayers billions more than expected.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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