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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.

Monday, September 10, 2007

As the five major commodity crops reap billions in taxpayer dollars each year, nearly 70 percent of farmer requests for voluntary conservation assistance go unfunded and soil erosion rules for subsidy recipients are barely enforced.

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News Release
Friday, July 27, 2007

Washington, July 27 — House Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson, Ranking Member Bob Goodlatte, members of their committee, and their staffs, are to be commended for working long and hard to produce the Farm Bill passed by the House of Representat

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Thursday, July 26, 2007

On balance, this House farm bill will be remembered as a missed opportunity for reform of federal farm policies that are broken at their core. It also represents a failure of House leadership to serve the broader needs of the nation, instead of taking their cues at every turn from the farm subsidy lobby.

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AgMag
Blog Post
Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Black farmers receive between one-third to one-sixth of the benefits under major federal crop subsidy programs that other farmers receive, and the “subsidy gap” has widened over the past decade.

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News Release
Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Black farmers receive between one-third to one-sixth of the benefits under major federal crop subsidy programs that other farmers receive, and the “subsidy gap” has widened over the past decade.

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AgMag
Blog Post
Friday, June 29, 2007

You may have heard a thing or two about a little bill that the House is scheduled to vote on at the end of July. Of $76 billion in subsidies in the current Farm Bill, organic farmers would receive less than one percent (Who is getting all that money? Have a look at the Farm Subsidy Database).

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Glen Martin, one of the best environmental reporters in California, has written his last story for the San Francisco Chronicle. Glen was one of EWG's favorite journalists. He dug deep into our Farm Subsidies Database and found that billionaire stockbroker Charles Schwab received more than half a million dollars in 2000 – for a rice farm he used as a private duck-hunting club.

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Farmers, conversation and food, EWG takes on the challenge.

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Video
Tuesday, June 12, 2007

For decades, the farm subsidy lobby has claimed that if the producers it represents could earn their living in the marketplace, support provided by taxpayers through periodic "farm bills" could be invested instead in such perennially sho

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AgMag
Blog Post
Tuesday, June 12, 2007

For the first time, USDA has tracked subsidy benefits as they pass through tens of thousands of farm business entities—agribusiness cooperatives, partnerships, joint ventures and corporations—and has assigned virtually all farm subsidy 'benefits' to individuals.

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AgMag
Blog Post
Tuesday, June 12, 2007

A new Web site, developed by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) from millions of previously unpublished USDA subsidy records and released today, provides nearly full disclosure of federal farm subsidy beneficiaries for the first time.

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News Release
Tuesday, June 12, 2007

EWG President Ken Cook addresses National Press Club, releasing newest farm subsidy database, on June 12, 2007.

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Video
Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Some of America's richest and largest farms are paying pennies for the vast amounts of electricity needed to deliver irrigation water to California's arid Central Valley.

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News Release
Friday, April 20, 2007

Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook testified today before the US House of Representatives Agricultural Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research. Using previously unpublished data compiled in response to the congressional mandate in Section 1614 of the 2002 farm bill, Mr. Cook illustrated the need for a dramatic increase in federal agricultural conservation programs.

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News Release
Friday, March 30, 2007

It's one thing to have an ethanol boom in the Corn Belt. An ethanol blow-out is another thing altogether.

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News Release
Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Environmental Working Group's Ken Cook discusses the 2007 Farm Bill and organics at UC Berkeley's "Food Fight: A Teach-in on the 2007 Farm Bill" on March 21, 2007.

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Video
Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Environmental Working Group's Ken Cook discusses the 2007 Farm Bill and organics at UC Berkeley's "Food Fight: A Teach-in on the 2007 Farm Bill" on March 21, 2007.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark) today (March 17) unveiled legislation to reauthorize child nutrition programs and increase nutrition funding by $4.5 billion over 10 years. Of the total, $1.2 billion would increase the number of children who receive food and $3.2 billion would go toward delivering higher quality meals intended to fight childhood obesity.

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AgMag
Blog Post
Friday, December 8, 2006

New players in the farm subsidy debate could have a dramatic impact on the 2007 federal Farm Bill. While farm subsidies have traditionally protected commodity crops, like cotton and corn, produce farmers are pushing for their cut. This is like the tectonic plates of farm policy shifting, because you have a completely new player coming in and demanding money, said EWG President Kenneth A. Cook to Alexei Barrionuevo of the New York Times.

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Thursday, November 2, 2006

Today's Baraboo (Wisconsin) News Republic gives plain-English descriptions of federal farm subsidies. The piece makes a pretty good case for conservation payments.

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EnviroBlog
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