Report: Southern Farms Had Upper Hand in MFP Payments

A new report by the Government Accountability Office says the Market Facilitation Program created deep regional inequities, favored certain crops over others, and funneled money to large agricultural operations over smaller farms.

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.  The report highlights unfairness between crops, and large farms befitted over smaller farms.

“The Administration needs to stop playing favorites and start helping the farms hit the hardest,” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), who requested the investigation in February of this year.

Stabenow said 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.