Deceased Farmers are Receiving Farm Subsidies

July 31st, 2013 | Simcha Weinstein | Comments Off on Deceased Farmers are Receiving Farm Subsidies

graveAndFieldA government audit of the Agriculture Department found that millions of dollars in farm subsidies are paid each year to farmers who have been dead for a year or longer, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

Between 2008 and 2012, The Natural Resources Conservation Service, which oversees conservation assistance and farmland protection programs, sent $10.6 million to more than 1,000 people who died more than a year prior. The Risk Management Agency, which manages crop insurance, paid $22 million to more than 3,400 people who had died at least two years prior, according to the Times.

The findings were released as the House and the Senate prepared to meet to work out their differences on a farm bill that would greatly expand some subsidies, like crop insurance.

And perfectly healthy, and very alive organic farmers struggle to see a cent of government assistance. This is why we can’t have nice things.