(click for top recipients, payment concentration and regional rankings)
|Number of Recipients |
|Subsidy Total |
|2||Conservation Reserve Program||1,774||$114,648,718|
|3||Env. Quality Incentive Program||3,810||$109,729,785|
|5||Dairy Program Subsidies||870**||$47,770,786|
|10||Sheep Meat Subsidies||773**||$6,046,811|
The Environmental Working Group has determined that at least 23 representatives and senators, or their family members, applied for farm subsidy payments between 1995 and 2009. Seventeen were Republicans and six belonged to the Democratic Party, with the GOP taking in more than $5.3 million, compared to only $489,856 for Democrats.The biggest beneficiaries of farm subsidies in the current Congress have been:· Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tennessee) $3,368,843· Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri) $469,292· Rep. Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota) $443,748· Sen. John Tester (D-Montana) $442,303· Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) $330,046Fincher, Hartzler, Noem and Tester are all first-term members of Congress.Five crops— corn, cotton, rice, wheat and soybeans—account for 90% of the government’s farm subsidies and 74% of subsidies go to the top 10% of farms. According to the Department of Agriculture, 62% of U.S. farmers don’t receive any direct federal payments.
Foodstamp Program Shutdown Imminent?
When over the weekend, a Xerox "glitch" shut down the EBT system, better known as foodstamps, for nearly the entire day across 17 states leaving millions without "funding" to pay for food leading to dramatic examples of the basest human behavior possible, some of the more conspiratorial elements saw this merely as a dress rehearsal for what may be coming in the immediate future.