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Subsidies

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Friday, January 29, 2016

In 2014, Congress eliminated direct payments to farmers, replacing them with two new subsidy programs known as Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC County) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The Congressional Budget Office declared that that this switch would save taxpayers billions of dollars over the life of the Farm Bill. It didn't.

Friday, January 29, 2016

The price tag for subsidizing cottonseed turns out to be a whopping $10 billion over the next 10 years. The cotton industry wants to take that big chunk of change out of the pockets of taxpayers who are already hard-pressed.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

What could a member of Congress who has collected more than $3 million in federal cotton subsidies want in his Christmas stocking this year? If you’re Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) , the answer is: more taxpayer giveaways to cotton farmers.

Friday, July 10, 2015

The savings to taxpayers from the so-called reform of federal farm subsidies are turning out to be mythical – while cuts to programs to help farmers protect the environment are all too real.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A new EWG report released this week pulls back the curtain on the billions of taxpayer dollars that get wasted every year through the “prevented planting” federal crop insurance program that encourages growers to plow up ecologically important wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region of North and South Dakota.

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