Many Millionaires and Dead People Continue to Receive U.S. Farm Subsidies

Records of federal farm subsidies paid to South Florida residents show that at least 234 people listed as deceased were still getting farm subsidy checks from the government -- about $9.5 million all told.  Some of them had been dead for as long as eight years.

In addition, a government audit found that of the 1.8 million people who received the federal funds between 2003 and 2006, more than 2,700 of them had adjusted gross incomes of more than $2.5 million. The list included wealthy residents of the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and Hong Kong.

Reader’s Digest reports:

“Every year, the government spends more than $13 billion on subsidies to farmers and agribusinesses -- much of it in cash payments that keep coming regardless of economic and crop conditions. A worthy program conceived during the Great Depression to help struggling American farmers has become a slush fund for corporations”.

Small farmers aren’t getting much of the money. Seventy-five percent of all farm subsidies go to just 10 percent of recipients.

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