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Letter about Ag Alliance Debate

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Fountain Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

As I was reading the coverage of the SE Minnesota Ag Alliance debate, I read that Ken Tschumper made the claim that “there are over 200 farmers in Fillmore County alone that receive over $1 million in direct farm payments, and one over $2 million.” I was frankly astounded at that figure and thought that figure had to be wrong. I utilized the U.S. Farm Subsidy Database on the Environmental Working Group’s website, www.ewg.org. The EWG receives it’s information from the USDA through the Freedom of Information Act. In 2011, the top recipient of farm subsidies in Fillmore County received aproximately $53,000. Since 1995, the top recipient in Fillmore County received approximately $1.7 million. There are 11 other farmers in Fillmore County that have received over $1 million since 1995. Those figures are a far cry from 200 farmers receiving $1 million.

Rory Kramer

Fountain, MN

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