With debates over the farm bill likely to heat up over the next year, it's interesting to see the lines of arguments coming out from different camps. Today, the Environmental Working Group, an opponent of many farm subsidies, came out with a new publication. They focus on what they call "double dipping", in which farmers receive payment when a loss occurs both from commodity programs (ARC or PLC) and from subsidized crop insurance programs.
In their words:
They created several maps illustrating where they argue "double-dipping" has most occured.
Over the last few farm bills, there seems to be less emphasis on traditional commodity programs and more focus on crop insurance. To the extent arguments like this hold sway, I suspect that transition will continue.