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Monday, September 03, 2007

Federal Farm Payments

The Government Accounting Office published a report on July 9, 2007, about USDA farm subsidy payments, stating,

"USDA also cannot be assured that it is not making improper payments to deceased individuals. For 1999 through 2005, USDA paid $1.1 billion in farm payments in the names of 172,801 deceased individuals (either as an individual recipient or as a member of an entity). Of this total, 40 percent went to those who had been dead for 3 or more years, and 19 percent to those dead for 7 or more years."

Read the highlights of this report at GAO.

The full report is available here. Be sure and look at the summary link.

Did you know farm subsidy payments are made to farmers in Manhattan? Check it out.

This link will give you access to the subsidy payments distributed throughout the USA. At the bottom of the page on this link, type in a city and state. For example, check out Edina, MN and see how many are getting farm subsidies in this metropolis of farming. Type in Lake Calhoun, MN and be amazed at how much is subsidized in a city. Check out your town.

Farmers receive $20 billion in subsidies each year. One billion went to deceased people between 1999 and 2005. Who says it doesn’t pay to die?

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