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.
The federal government has taken steps aimed at reducing the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a serious health threat that sickens an estimated 2 million people in the United States each year. But nobody knows if those steps — many focused on monitoring the antibiotics given to cattle, hogs and chickens raised for food — are working.
The effects of climate change on agriculture could cost the federal government as much as $4.2 billion more annually in crop insurance subsidies by 2080, a report released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office found.