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Farm Programs: Direct Payments Should Be Reconsidered
Lisa Shames (au)
Through one facet of the farm safety net, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) provides farmers and other producers with fixed annual payments, called direct payments, based on their farmsäó» historical crop production. Direct payments do not vary with crop prices or crop yields. In March 2011, GAO reported on observations and options regarding direct payments and suggested to Congress that they be eliminated or reduced. This report (1) provides information regarding the geographic distribution and ownership characteristics of payment recipients, as well as the dollar amount of direct payments made for farms with acreage that qualified, and the amount and types of crops grown on such acreage for years 2003 to 2011; and (2) examines whether direct payments are aligned with principles significant to integrity, effectiveness, and efficiency in farm bill programs. Tables and figures. This is a print on demand report.
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