Report Finds Market Facilitation Program Unfair

A new report says the Market Facilitation Program created deep regional inequities, favored certain crops over others, and funneled money to large agricultural operations over smaller farms. Senator Debbie Stabenow, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Ag Committee, announced the Government Accountability Office report. Stabenow requested the investigation in February, and said “The Administration needs to stop playing favorites and start helping the farms hit the hardest.”

The report found southern farmers benefitted significantly compared to other regions. Eight of the top nine states with the highest payments per acre were in the South. Additionally, the report highlights unfairness between crops, and large farms befitted over smaller farms.

The report added that Instead of providing more support for the 9,852 largest farms, USDA could have targeted funding to the thousands of small and beginning farmers that are often more vulnerable to market swings.

You can view the entire GAO report by Clicking Here.

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