Unlimited crop insurance subsidies cost the taxpayer billions of dollars a year and overwhelmingly flow to the largest and most successful farm businesses. Unlike other farm subsidies, crop insurance subsidies are not subject to means testing or payment limits. While some farms annually collect more than $1 million in crop insurance premium support, the bottom 80% of policyholders annually collect about $5,000.
Check out the outrageous stats on their cards below to learn more about America’s Subsidy All Stars. And to see which ones are catching subsidies on a field near you, explore EWG’s map of subsidy millionaires the whopping 174 counties where these 26 All Stars have home field advantage.Read More
Both the House and Senate overwhelmingly have voted for farm subsidy reform. The Senate twice voted to subject recipients of crop insurance subsidies to a modest means test, and the House passed a resolution supporting the same proposal. And polls show that Americans overwhelmingly support reasonable limits on farm subsidies. Even rural voters think too many subsidies go to big farmers.Read More
Last month, the National Wildlife Federation reported that more than 398,000 acres – 620 square miles – of grasslands, forests and other land were plowed, cleared or otherwise converted to grow crops over a 12-month period from 2011 to 2012.Read More
Today, officials at the USDA will don their Santa Claus outfits a few months early and disburse almost $5 billion dollars in direct payment farm subsidies to landowners across the country.Read More
Doesn’t it make sense to subject some of the richest farmers to a means test when they seek federal subsidies to pay for their crop insurance?Read More
The pending Senate version of the farm bill includes a provision to relink conservation compliance with crop insurance subsidies. Chairman Lucas’s competing House version does not.Read More
Environmental Working Group (EWG) released the following statement in response to the sense of the House resolution passed by the U.S. House of Representative to instruct the farm bill conference committee to accept a Senate provision that would reduce crop insurance premium subsidies to farm operators annually earning more than $750,000 in adjusted gross income.Read More
A proposed supplemental crop insurance program included in the pending farm bills in both the House and Senate would have boosted windfall profits for farm businesses and increased federally subsidized insurance payouts by $6.8 billion in 2012, according to a new report released today by Environmental Working Group (EWG).Read More
The House of Representatives will debate this week whether to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $40 billion over the next 10 years – and eliminate food assistance for roughly 6 million hungry Americans.
A new report by the Government Accountability Office, which shows crop insurance subsidies going to deceased policyholders, underscores the need to reform the federal crop insurance program, the Environmental Working Group said in a statement.Read More
Farm income has never been higher. The federal deficit has never been deeper. So why are House Republicans celebrating passage of a “farm-only” farm bill that includes the most generous farm subsidies in history?Read More
“House Republicans voted today for a ‘farm only’ farm bill that expands crop insurance subsidies for the most successful farm businesses and fails to renew programs that help feed the nation’s hungriest children,” Environmental Working Group said in a statement.Read More
The House should overwhelmingly reject the terrible “farm-only” farm bill being considered this morning.Read More
It is unconscionable that House leaders have put forward a farm bill that provides unlimited subsidies to the largest and most successful farm businesses and guts programs to help the environment.Read More