The federal government paid out $10 billion in direct farm payments over the past decade to farmers who in a given year didn’t grow the crop they were being paid to grow, according to a government audit released Tuesday.
Worse still, 2,300 farms that received federal taxpayer money didn’t grow any crops for five continuous years on land they were being paid for, according to the report by the Government Accountability [...]
I was searching through some articles looking for information on the Great Depression and crime and stumbled into this:
The Great Depression changed the lives of people who lived and farmed on the Great Plains and in turn, changed America. The government programs that helped them to live through the 1930s changed the future of agriculture forever. Weather touched every part of life in the “Dirty 30s”: dust, insects, summer heat [...]
Finding a rare piece of common ground when it comes to spending limits, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate voted overwhelmingly Friday morning to cut off federal farm payment handouts to farmers who already make more than $1 million a year.
The 84-15 vote was stunning not just for the size of support, but also for the coalition it assembled — liberal Democrats eager to target millionaires, and conservative Republicans who [...]