ByPam Dempsey/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
Congressional leaders said they would explore federal help for farmers should tariffs be put in place but Tamara Nelson, senior director of commodities for the Illinois Farm Bureau, said the moves would not help. “Farmers don’t want aid, farmers want to be able to trade,” she said.
ByJohnathan Hettinger/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
Since 2011, the USDA has only assessed 10 fines under AFIDA, worth $115,724, according to records obtained by the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting through the Freedom of Information Act. And no fines were assessed in 2015, 2016 or so far in 2017.
ByAnna Casey/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
Earlier this month, the Government Accountability Office released a report that outlines its proposal for how the government can improve the crop insurance program’s delivery and reduce costs to the taxpayers who help fund it without passing those costs on to the farmer.
ByJohnathan Hettinger and Robert Holly with additional reporting by Jelter Meers/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
Over the past decade, foreign companies have been investing in agricultural land in the United States at a record pace, according to a Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting analysis of USDA data. The data was compiled from 1900 to 2014 under the Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act (AFIDA).