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Farm Bill Politics - OLD

The largest and most successful farm businesses collect the lion’s share of farm subsidies because farm lobbyists dominate the development of farm policies. As a result, farm policies do little to support family farmers and the environment and too much to protect the income of agribusiness. More than half of farm subsidies flow to Congressional districts represented on the House Agriculture Committee.

Fincher Stole Food Stamps

Six Reasons Why Fiscal Conservatives (And Every American) Should Hate The House Farm Bill

Congressman Fincher: Stop stealing our money. Over the weekend, the 2nd most heavily subsidized farmer in Congress – and one of the largest subsidy recipients in Tennessee history– said Washington should not “steal” from taxpayers to support food assistance like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – better known as food stamps.Read More
 
Policy Plate

Six Reasons Why Fiscal Conservatives (And Every American) Should Hate The House Farm Bill

The budget-busting farm bill headed to the House floor next week is bad news for taxpayers. Here’s why this bill, officially H.R. 1947, shouldn’t pass. Read More
 
Policy Plate

Policy Plate: A Congressman’s hypocritical defense to cutting $20 billion from SNAP

The New York Times has used data from EWG’s farm subsidy database to shed more light on Rep. Stephen Fincher’s (R-Tenn.) hypocritical defense of the $20 billion cuts to SNAP in the House farm bill. Read More
 
Policy Plate

Policy Plate: Common-Sense Reforms Will Strengthen, Not Weaken, Crop Insurance

Common-sense amendments to place reasonable limits on how much premium subsidy a farm operator can receive will strengthen the program while still providing farmers with a generous safety net. Read More
 
Policy Plate

Policy Plate: Why Environmentalists (And Every American) Should Reject The House Farm Bill

The budget-busting farm bill approved Wednesday night by the House Agriculture Committee and its leaders – Reps. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) – is nothing but bad news for the environment. Read More
 
Policy Plate

Policy Plate: Subsidized Farmer Says Churches, not Government, Should Help the Poor

Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) invoked the bible in support of a $20 billion cut to feeding assistance programs. Read More
 
Policy Plate

Policy Plate: Crop Insurance Reforms Debated, Introduced

The House Agriculture Committee started the markup of their farm bill this morning and much of the debate focused on needless cuts to SNAP. Read More
 
Policy Plate

Policy Plate: Senate Agriculture Committee Approves Farm Bill

Today the Senate Agriculture Committee approved the farm bill with a vote of 15 to 5. Read More
 
Policy Plate

Policy Plate: Farmers Seeking Conservation Help Get Turned Away

Two out of every five farmers who seek federal help in reducing water pollution from their fields or the amount of pesticides and antibiotics they use are being turned away because U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service lacks sufficient funding. Read More
 
President Obama

Fairness for Small Farmers: A Missing Ingredient in the U.S. Farm Bill

EWG's Kari Hamershlag describes why current proposals to reauthorize the federal farm bill are unfair to small farmers. Read More
 
President Obama

Can Obama Depend On Dependent Farmers?

Roughly a third of all farmers receive direct subsidies from the government, according to USDA. Even more get federal support to buy crop insurance. So are farmers among those “dependent” Americans? And can President Obama really depend upon their support? Read More
 
Election

The Fallacy Of Farm Politics (Bitter Harvest Revisited)

In the run-up to Election Day, you might think rural voters were looking for someone to blame for Congress’ failure to pass a farm bill. Read More
 
Election

Taxpayers Paid $6.1 Million In Farm Subsidies To Members Of Congress, Families

Environmental Working Group’s latest update of the EWG farm subsidy database shows that 23 members of Congress, or their family members, benefitted from $6,140,634 in taxpayer-funded farm subsidy payments between 1995 and 2011. Read More
 
Election

Drought-Stricken Farmers Pay The Price For Failed Climate Bill

Even as extreme drought wreaks havoc on crops and communities across the Midwest, government officials are now confident that they can link recent bouts of extreme weather to man-made climate change. Read More