Harvesting Cash: Urban Farming in Mpls.-St. Paul
From the Minneapolis-St. Paul StarTribune:
Year after year, the federal government sends farm subsidy checks to homes nestled in some of the most expensive neighborhoods in Minneapolis, far from any corn or soybean field.
The urban payments total millions of dollars out of the nearly $1 billion sent to Minnesota farmers in 2005, according to federal records sent to the Star Tribune under a Freedom of Information Act request.
The flow of federal largesse comes thanks to rules that allow landowners -- including some 2,000 in the Twin Cities metro area -- to collect subsidies without farming the land themselves, a legal and increasingly common practice as farm ownership has consolidated over the past few decades.
See map above of urban "farmers" in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area receving farm subsidies.
(HT: JJ Howe)