Very little of what we now call the Farm Bill goes to small farmers.
Christine Harbin, a policy analyst at Americans for Prosperity, wrote recently: “Policymakers talk about the Farm Bill like it’s about farms. But it’s not. The Farm Bill is a giant welfare bill. Eighty percent goes toward food stamp and nutrition programs, and the rest is corporate welfare for the agribusiness industry.”
She pointed out that in the 1970’s only one in 50 Americans received food stamps, while today it is one in seven.
Eligibility requirements have been eased, and those who run the program have no incentive to keep people off.
They will get bigger offices, staffs and funding if even more people get food stamps.
And, actually people are not given stamps anymore but something similar to a credit card.