Farm subsidies have been controversial for some time. But surely no one can argue that dead farmers should collect taxpayers’ money.
Yet recent reports show that from 2008-2012 the U.S. Department of Agriculture handed out over $36 million to 6,300 dead farmers. The Heritage Foundation’s Diane Katz says this alarming figure is actually an improvement:
Taxpayers may take some solace from the fact that the number of expired payments has declined. For example, the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), which oversees income subsidies and disaster payments, had paid a whopping $1.1 billion to 172,801 deceased farmers between 1999 and 2005.
There’s plenty of room to cut from wasteful agriculture programs. Heritage experts Daren Bakst and Romina Boccia proposed billions in specific cuts earlier this year.
Do you think Congress will ever act to rein in farm subsidies?