Sign up to receive email updates, action alerts, health tips, promotions to support our work and more from EWG. You can opt-out at any time. [Privacy]

 

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.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

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
AgMag
Blog Post
Thursday, October 24, 2013

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
AgMag
Blog Post
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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
AgMag
Blog Post
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

An interactive map developed by the Environmental Working Group shows where more than 660 U.S. newspapers have published editorials since 2007 demanding meaningful reform of the federal farm bill.

Read More
AgMag
Blog Post
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released Tuesday (Oct. 8) found that of the $1.5 billion in farm subsidies doled out in 2012 to people who were supposedly “actively engaged” in farming, nearly half went to individuals who wouldn’t know how to steer a tractor or run a combine.

Read More
Key Issues:
AgMag
Blog Post
Monday, September 30, 2013

Even if the government miraculously opens for business tomorrow, several critically important USDA conservation and nutrition programs will be shuttered.

Read More
AgMag
Blog Post
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) is no longer the only member of Congress who’s publicly quoting the Bible to justify his votes to cut food stamps for the poor while increasing farm subsidies for the rich. Now Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) is joining in the hypocrisy.

Read More
Key Issues:
AgMag
Blog Post
Friday, September 20, 2013

If you live in one of America’s 100 hungriest counties, there is a one-in-three chance that you rely on food stamps. There is also a pretty good chance that your member of Congress just voted to kick you off food stamps.

Read More
Key Issues:
AgMag
Blog Post
Thursday, September 19, 2013

The U.S. House of Representatives failed to do the right thing today by passing a bill that will deny food assistance to 6 million Americans, Environmental Working Group (EWG) said in a statement.

Read More
Key Issues:
News Release
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

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.


 

Read More
AgMag
Blog Post
Thursday, September 12, 2013

Did you know that many counties with the highest rates of food stamp users are also home to recipients of huge farm subsidies?

Read More
Key Issues:
AgMag
Blog Post
Friday, September 6, 2013
Residents of America’s 54 largest cities collected more than $24 million in Direct Payment farm subsidies in 2012, according to new research by the Environmental Working Group. 
 
Read More
Key Issues:
AgMag
Blog Post
Thursday, July 25, 2013

At some point Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) might just want to stop talking about the farm bill and his support for ending the direct payment program (which doesn’t actually end for cotton farmers like him) and how much he supports “reform.” 

Read More
Key Issues:
AgMag
Blog Post
Thursday, July 18, 2013

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
AgMag
Blog Post
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Under the best-case scenarios, crop insurance alone is expected to cost taxpayers $9 billion over the next 10 years. So who are the 48 Republicans who voted for this lavish taxpayer funded giveaway?

Read More
AgMag
Blog Post
Thursday, July 11, 2013

The House should overwhelmingly reject the terrible “farm-only” farm bill being considered this morning.

Read More
AgMag
Blog Post
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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
News Release
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

House leaders got a lot of grief for the failure of the farm bill. And, now they are getting a lot of grief for proposing to divide the bill into two bills.

Read More
AgMag
Blog Post
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Almost as soon as the gavel came down last week on an historic defeat for the farm bill in the House of Representatives, people started asking: What happens now?

Read More
AgMag
Blog Post
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Subsidy reform could provide the path to passage of the farm bill.

Read More
AgMag
Blog Post

Pages

Subscribe to Subsidies