The farm bill produced by the conference committee last night (January 27) falls short of the reforms needed to create federal food and agricultural policy that can meet the challenges of the 21st century, EWG said in a statement today.
Every day, thousands of farmers take steps to reduce polluted runoff and restore wetlands and grasslands. In a new interactive map, EWG’s Libby Foley has highlighted 20 of these farmers and their personal conservation success stories.
EWG’s Mary Ellen Kustin and Soren Rundquist analyzed county data and found many of the counties that enjoyed an increase in farm subsidies also faced increased rates of poverty. The interactive map below illustrates the growth in crop insurance premium subsidies compared to change in poverty rate.
An analysis released today by EWG shows that at least 50 billionaires or the farm businesses they had financial interests in have received over $11 million in traditional farm subsidies between 1995 and 2012.
A report released today, authored by EWG’s Alex Rindler, found that at least 50 billionaires or the farm businesses they had financial interests in received a total of $11.3 million between 1995 and 2012.
During the first meeting of farm bill conferees last week, seven U.S. senators, including three former Agriculture Committee chairs, called for conservation compliance, a measure that would require those receiving federal crop insurance support to implement basic conservation practices.
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) recently spoke out against the provision that would link crop insurance and basic conservation practices, known as “conservation compliance”, claiming it would be “misguided and redundant” because of similar requirements for producers participating in other USDA programs.
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit today (Oct. 16) against the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). Ferguson alleges the group illegally bundled more than $7 million from its members and contributed it to the campaign against the I-522 ballot initiative, which would require genetically engineered foods to be labeled.
On Friday (Oct. 11) evening, the House of Representatives approved a “sense of the House” that would reduce crop insurance premium subsidies by 15 percent for producers with an adjusted gross income over $750,000.
EWG’s Mike Lavender responds to a report released yesterday (Oct. 8) by the Government Accountability Office that found almost half of the individuals who received farm subsidies in 2012 were not even working on farms.