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USDA Making Improper Payments to Already Wealthy Farmers, GAO Audit Says

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Photo taken August 19, 2013 shows cattle standing in a field near Tioga, North Dakota. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

A U.S. Department of Agriculture program is allowing farmers, some with household incomes of more than $1 million per year, to not only be subsidized, but receive improper payments because of poor monitoring of income limits.

The Government Accountability Office released a report that found that USDA does not have adequate monitoring for payment programs from the Farm Services Agency state offices and Natural Resources Conservation Service which “varied in quality” for determining the income eligibility of participants in the conservation program

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