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Subsidies

EWG’s renowned farm subsidy database reveals that taxpayer support goes mostly to large, profitable operations, not to sustainable family farms that truly need the help. We’re working to change a badly broken system.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Devastating floods and bad weather in the Midwest are raising the tide of opposition against the renewable fuels standard. Groups that have been pressing lawmakers to reconsider federal supports for ethanol are now pointing to flooded fields in the nation’s cornbelt as further evidence the United States may struggle to meet the standard.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Corn grower Tim Recker says Barack Obama’s relatively strong showing in rural Iowa should provide a warning to both parties: Attack ethanol subsidies at your peril.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

 

The 2008 Farm Bill has barely left the lot and Congress has pulled it back into the garage for some tinkering. The U.S. Senate has proposed $331 million in cuts to a series of conservation programs designed to leave some land in its natural state rather than plowing every square inch under for crops. Last week, the Environmental Working Group — those folks who publish how much every farmer gets in Farm Bill subsidies — held a conference call to protest.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Environment and Energy Daily, Allison Winter

Devastating floods and bad weather in the Midwest are raising the tide of opposition against the renewable fuels standard.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

 

E and E News/Greenwire, Allison Winter

Published March 26, 2009

Farmland conservation programs could take a hit in the spending blueprint under discussion in the Senate Budget Committee.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

 

The Hill, Jim Snyder

Published June 26, 2009

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The subject of offsets and which federal agency has the responsibility of determining what qualifies has emerged as a problem for some environmental groups, too.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

By Olga Naidenko, EWG Senior Scientist

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EnviroBlog
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Thursday, June 18, 2009

While agriculture and forestry are poised to be leaders in sustainable climate solutions, to realize this opportunity America needs policies built on sound science. Science supports the inclusion of indirect land-use change in the assessment of biofuels.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Mississippi River Basin supports a vast array of economic, commercial, and recreational activities. But runoff from farm fields pollutes lakes and streams in the 10 states that border the Mississippi River. Farm sediment, fertilizer runoff and livestock waste are the source of over 70 percent of the pollution exacerbating the Dead Zone in the Mississippi River-Gulf of Mexico.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Making good on his promise to find savings in the federal budget, president Obama announced several proposed cuts today that could help reform a broken farm subsidy system. The most promising proposal centers on a total payment limit of $250,000 per person, down from the current $750,000 per person and $1.5 million per farm couple limit set in the 2008 farm bill.

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News Release
Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Everybody knows that using one technique to solve a diverse set of problems often doesn't work. But somebody forgot to tell that to the creators of the Green Revolution.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Senate Budget committee chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) announced yesterday he would reject President Obama’s plan to cut billions in crop subsidy payments that flow mostly to large profitable farm operations and wealthy landowners.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Letter sent by a coalition of environmental groups, including EWG, to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson urging that EPA not delay or significantly constrain consideration of indirect land use in the RFS rulemaking. Read the Letter

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

U.S. and state fishing subsidy programs have contributed more than $6.4 billion to commercial fishing operations between 1996 and 2004, accelerating depletion of once-bountiful fish species, according to a ground-breaking study by Renée Sharp, director of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) California Office and economist Ussif Rashid Sumaila, acting director of the Fisheries Centre at the University of British Columbia.

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Monday, March 2, 2009

U.S. taxpayers doled out more than $6.4 billion in subsidies to the commercial fishing industry between 1996 and 2004, possibly accelerating the ongoing collapse of fish stocks worldwide and adding to the devastation of large ocean fish species.

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Statement of Ken Cook President, Environmental Working Group Feburary 24, 2009 "President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack have done the public a great service by nominating Kathleen Merrigan for deputy secretary of agriculture.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Remarks by EWG Midwest Vice-president Craig Cox to the 2009 Kansas Natural Resources Conference. Read the Remarks

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) West Coast office has written the California Air Resources Board pointing out deficiencies in its Climate Change Proposed Scoping Plan with respect to agriculture and its role in generating greenhouse gas emissions.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Mary D. Nichols, Chairman California Air Resources Board Members & Staff California Air Resources Board 1001 I Street PO Box 2815 Sacramento, CA 95812

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

In times of tight budgets and empty federal coffers, millionaires, large profitable farm operations and wealthy absentee landlords are still receiving federal farm subsidies, despite repeated attempts at reform by fiscal watchdogs, hunger advocates and environmental groups.

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