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