COMMENTS: Agribusiness As Usual
For the first time during its passage through the halls of Congress, the federal farm bill came in for scrutiny. Sharyl Attkisson filed a Follow the Money feature for CBS on the recipients of the $20bn annual agricultural subsidy, funds that "at their best" go to farmers who would "go out of business…when crops do not grow or prices are weak." At their worst "more and more payments have gone to Fortune 500 companies, the wealthy and even members of Congress." Attkisson picked on New York City billionaire Edgar Bronfman and rice farmer Rep Marion Berry (D-AR) as egregious examples. "For some well-to-do farmers the harvest is bountiful: they are sowing the land and reaping your tax dollars."
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