Proposal To Close Loophole Looks At Who Is A Farmer
Big farms are collecting taxpayer dollars that they haven’t necessarily earned, by taking advantage of a loophole in government subsidy rules, according to regulators, members of Congress and the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking aim at what is known as the “actively engaged” loophole, which has been gaping for nearly three decades, by changing the qualifications for some subsidy payments.
But many watchdog groups say a proposed fix fails to address the problem. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Abby Wendle of Harvest Public Media reports.
- Abby Wendle, reporter for Harvest Public Media. She tweets @abbywendle.
Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.