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Farming Not Mandatory To Receive Farm Subsidies?
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.
If they don’t do the work, why do they get to collect taxpayer-funded farm payments?
Under the law, an individual who’s “actively engaged in farming” is entitled to claim a farm subsidy, but the new report found that USDA’s Farm Service Agency, which distributes the money, uses a definition of “actively engaged” that is way too broad. This allowed approximately $736 million to go in 2012 to people who didn’t actually farm. In some cases they didn’t even live in the same state as the farm.
Unfortunately, wasting taxpayer money on misconceived farm subsidies is nothing new.
Read the full response on AgMag.
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