Friday, May 14, 2010
EWG Subsidy Database and the Farm Bill
The Environmental Working Group is knocking USDA for failing to provide farm program payment data tied to individuals when the checks were written to entities. Seems USDA is estimating it would cost a bunch of money ($6.7 million) and Congress changed the law so they don't have to. I'm not a real fan of EWG, I didn't like it back in the last century when they won their court case to get the payment data, but seems to me they're in the right here. Given Obama's emphasis on transparency, it's going to be difficult for the ag committees to hold the line on this one.