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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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.

Monday, January 27, 2014

House and Senate leaders who have been negotiating the farm bill have finally come to an agreement after years of struggling to get it across the finish line. 

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

More than 200 organizations and businesses called on President Barack Obama today to uphold his 2007 campaign pledge to require the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) is the latest GOP senator to urge to the House-Senate conference committee to re-link the federal crop insurance program to conservation compliance in the final farm bill.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Looking for a way to save more than $60 billion?

Reducing subsidies to large farm businesses, crop insurance companies and their agents, and trimming their windfall profits could generate enormous savings, EWG has found.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

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.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

EWG’s Brett Lorenzen compares the price of crop insurance to disaster programs it was designed to replace and finds out just how costly crop insurance has become for the taxpayer.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

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.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

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. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

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.

Friday, November 1, 2013

EWG’s Mary Ellen Kustin writes on the unbalanced distribution of federally subsidized crop insurance dollars, highlighting the 26 subsidy recipients who each received over $1 million in crop insurance premium support.

Friday, November 1, 2013

The Boston Red Sox may have won the World Series in baseball, but when it comes to the World Series of Subsidies, look no farther than EWG’s Subsidy All Stars.  

Friday, October 25, 2013

With the Farm Bill conference set to begin, EWG sent a letter to conferees seeking a farm bill that strengthens environmental protections and makes real reform to our broken crop insurance program.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

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. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

A new report released yesterday by EWG and agriculture economist Bruce Babcock finds that a new proposal to increase crop insurance subsidies could cost far more than advertised. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

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.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The federal government shutdown has suspended the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety inspection program, the Huffington Post writes

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