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Thursday 11/07/13

EWG Data: Billionaires No Longer Reap Millions in Farm Subsidies
Environmental Working Group put out data on Thursday headlined "Forbes Billionaires Reaped Millions in Farm Subsidies." Wow, that's interesting. It was a big deal to some, including the New York Times, which went right off the EWG data and turned an article out of it.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 5:06PM CST 11/07/13 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (7)
There may be only a few billionaires getting millions in crop insurance subsidies , but obviously there are still nearly countless millionaires getting millions if not billions in crop insurance subsidies. The schemes and scams have morphed from direct payments to crop insurance subsidies. You are dreaming Chris if you think congress has discontinued awarding the largest financial enhancements to largest and wealthiest farmers.
Posted by Sally Benson at 7:52PM CST 11/07/13
Ms. Benson, Where is the data to support your claims?
Posted by Paul A. Harrison at 6:28AM CST 11/08/13
Thanks for the facts, Chris. Sure hope a voter from their Districts relay this info to their Reps. This is a perfect example of how reliable the information from EWG, and other self appointed earth and nation saviors is.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 6:59AM CST 11/08/13
http://www.taxpayer.net/user_uploads/file/CRSReports/2010/12_13_2010_CRSFedCropInsurance.pdf and http://www.downsizinggovernment.org/agriculture/subsidies and http://www4.ncsu.edu/~bkgoodwi/papers/goodwin_final.pdf and http://www.fapri.missouri.edu/outreach/publications/2010/FAPRI_MU_Report_10_10.pdf and http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-256 The data is easy to see for those who choose not to be blind.
Posted by Sally Benson at 7:34AM CST 11/08/13
This still is the USA where being in business (big or small) is about making a profit and growing. As farmers you should not be fighting about the size of the farmer but focus on EWG and other groups that are against anyone, including farmers making a profit that they don't share with everyone. Congress does not have the fix for anything currently, since they have zero concept on stopping our over spending on everything. Stop fighting other farmers, put your energy toward the non-farming public that does not understand agriculture.
Posted by John Finley at 8:47AM CST 11/08/13
Nice article Chris. Thanks.
Posted by Jarrod Bennett at 1:14PM CST 11/08/13
Congress does not have the fix for anything currently, since they have zero concept on stopping our over spending on everything. Posted by John Finley at 8:47AM CST 11/08/13 If congress does not have a clue about what they are doing why would we want to continue on that path. Why would we want to pass bills so we can find out what is in them?
Posted by Sally Benson at 7:15AM CST 11/09/13
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