Amendment fails that would have capped large farm subsidies

NORWICH – Last month, the U.S. Senate fell four votes short of approving an amendment that would have capped large federal subsidies to individual farms at $250,000 annually.



Senators Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) sponsored the amendment, meant to be included in the overdue 2007 Farm Bill, to limit million and multi-million payments that go each year to what some argue are already the nation’s wealthiest farms.

According to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics made available by the Environmental Working Group, a public policy organization, in the last 11 years, only 10 percent of the country’s farms – with the majority of the top-20 multi-million dollar recipients located the south – are receiving the bulk of federal money: $120.5 billion of the total $164.7 billion doled out between 1995 and 2005.


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