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Posted: 5:17 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 2013
By Kyla Campbell
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
People living in downtown Charlotte are collecting taxpayer dollars meant for farmers.
The Environmental Working Group said more than 160 people in the Charlotte area collected a total of around $73,000 each in direct payments last year.
People who have an ownership interest in a farm receive direct payments regardless of need or whether their farm produced a crop.
People are shocked to discover how many of their neighbors are collecting farm subsidies.
Congress is working to get rid of direct payments in the next farm bill.
It’s due Sept. 30.
If Congress does not come up with a new farm bill this month, the current one is renewed, and so is the farm aid for city slickers.
To see who in Charlotte is collecting farm aid, click here.
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