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ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP RELEASES UPDATED FARM SUBSIDY PAYMENT DATABASE
Politico reports:

The Environmental Working Group has updated its farm subsidy database with information from 2015 and 2016, reflecting programs enacted as part of the 2014 farm bill.

Over those two years, farm subsidies cost $32.2 billion in the form of commodity supports from programs like Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage; premium discounts in the federal crop insurance program; conservation payments; and disaster assistance.

Where the money went: Commodity programs were the most expensive, which paid out $14.5 billion in subsidies primarily to growers of corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton and rice. Crop insurance subsidies cost nearly $12 billion, while conservation payments totaled $3.7 billion and disaster assistance about $2 billion.

EWG, which is pushing for eliminating subsidies for wealthy operations, said in a statement that the new data "once again confirms that the lion's share of farm subsidies for 'covered commodities' like corn and soybeans are flowing to the nation's largest and most successful farm operations."

The top subsidy recipients: EWG said that Deline Farms Partnership, which has operations in several states including Missouri and Arkansas, was the top recipient in 2016 with $4 million in commodity subsidies.

The Navajo Agricultural Products Industry -- an enterprise owned by the Navajo Nation that grows crops like alfalfa, pinto beans and corn, and owns processing facilities in New Mexico -- was No. 2 in subsidies last year with $2.3 million.

The EWG database discloses recipients of commodity, conservation and disaster subsidies, but federal law prohibits the USDA from disclosing recipients of crop insurance subsidies.


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