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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Supporters of the House and Senate versions of the stalled farm bill are arguing that they represent historic reform because both would replace Direct Payments with a suite of new subsidies designed to cover “losses” too small to be compensated even by the over-generous crop insurance program.
 
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Reports & Consumer Guides
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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.

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AgMag
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Saturday, October 12, 2013

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.

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News Release
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.

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AgMag
Blog Post
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

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).

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News Release
Monday, September 30, 2013

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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News Release
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?

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AgMag
Blog Post
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A report released today (Aug. 27) by the Natural Resources Defense Council supplies the latest evidence that the federal crop insurance program desperately needs fundamental reform.

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AgMag
Blog Post
Monday, August 19, 2013

The harm done to consumers and the environment by the federal biofuels mandate is destined to grow worse as a result of the recent decision to once again increase the amount of corn ethanol that must be added to the nation’s gasoline supply.

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AgMag
Blog Post
Monday, August 5, 2013

Conservation Success Stories

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

With interactive maps from EWG’s new report Going Going Gone!, you can find the “hot spots” where wetlands and other fragile lands are being torn up for crops and wildlife habitat is being destroyed.

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AgMag
Blog Post
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A new analysis released by Environmental Working Group shows that 1.9 million acres, or near 3,000 square miles of wetlands and nearby habitat, went under the plow in the United States between 2008 and 2012.

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News Release
Monday, July 29, 2013

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. 

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News Release
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.” 

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AgMag
Blog Post
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

 

Testimony of Scott Faber

Senior Vice President for Government Affairs
Environmental Working Group

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Across America’s heartland, in county after county and state after state, the landscape-devouring machinery of modern agriculture has been churning through millions of acres of irreplaceable wetlands and fragile, highly erodible grassland and prairie.

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Reports & Consumer Guides
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?

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