The Environmental Working Group wants Congress and the White House to change the way farm program benefits are distributed. In a new analysis, the EWG calls for means testing to prevent most of the payments from going to large farms. “Right now, farmers have an income limit of $900,000 per person or $1.8 million for a farmer and spouse, but if they make anything below that they still qualify for traditional farm subsidies,” said Anne Schechinger, Senior Analyst of Economics, EWG. “If we want a more equitable distribution of farm subsidies to the smaller farms, the income limit should be lowered.” The EWG is watching to see how the Biden administration handles future payments. “It will be interesting to see if the Commodity Credit Corporation funding will be used to pay farmers to for conservation practices.”
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