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City Slickers Reaping Benefits of Direct Payments

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

An analysis released today by EWG found that residents of America’s 54 largest cities collected more than $24 million in Direct Payment farm subsidies in 2012.

A total of 18,276 city dwellers cashed in on the US Department of Agriculture’s Direct Payment program, which was created in 1996 to wean farmers off subsidies but instead was continued in the 2002 and 2008 farm bills, EWG’s study shows.

Congress must decide this month whether to extend the Direct Payment program, which cost taxpayers nearly $5 billion a year. Both the House and Senate versions of the proposed new farm bill would end these payments, but it looks more likely that Congress will vote to extend the current farm bill once again.

See the full report here.

Table Scraps:

The New York Times has more on the City Slickers report and farm bill state of play.

Bloomberg News released the second article of its special series on the federal crop insurance program.

Tweet of the Day:

@worthprotecting @JeffFlake and @faberfamilyfarm at press conf today discussing EWG report City Slickers http://www.ewg.org/agmag/2013/09/city-slickers-harvest-cash-crop … pic.twitter.com/J8ruIqPBPe

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