The Environmental Working Group continues to monitor and study farm subsidies. A recent story points out that farm income has shown its five best years since 2003 and also notes that farm income is about $10,000 higher than the typical rural neighbor. The distribution of farm subsidies (socialism, some would call it) is skewed, says the report:
The skewed distribution of subsidy payments is even more striking when you compare the amount of subsidies received to the household income of the farming operations receiving them. The average household income of farms that received $30,000 or more in government payments was above $210,000 in 2008, more than three times the average U.S. household income that year. Farming operations that received between $10,000 and $29,999 in subsidies earned $110,368 in total household income, 61 percent more than the U.S. mean household income. And the household income of farms that got between $1,000 and $9,999 in subsidies was $70,117, still above U.S. average.