Reply to "AlObama farmers to back OBama"

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Originally posted by O No!:
From Organic Consumers.org:

FACTS:

The goal of federal farm bills since the first one was passed in 1949 has been to help family farmers stay in business. But according to U.S. Agricultural Census data, more than 60 percent of U.S. small family farmers aren't even eligible for subsidies.
The number of millionaires receiving farm subsidies rose 28% when Bush took office, while Ken Lay saw his percentage of total farm subsidies rise by 400%. (Source: Taxpayer.net)
71 percent of farm subsidies go to the top 10 percent of subsidy beneficiaries, almost all of which are large farms. In 2002, 78 farms, none small or struggling, each received over a million dollars in subsidies. The bottom 80 percent of recipients average only $846 per year. (Source: Environmental Working Group)

Examples of who is currently getting farm subsidies:


Archer Daniels Midland $36,305
Boise Cascade Corporation $11,024
Caterpillar $171,698
Chevron $260,223
Deere & Company $12,875
DuPont $188,732
Georgia Pacific $37,156
International Paper $375,393
John Han**** Mutual Life Insurance $125,975
Mead Corp $15,115
Westvaco Corp $268,740

Others receiving subsidies: Eli Lilly Co, Kimberly-Clark, Navistar, Pfizer, RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co.


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