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Enviro-Mich message from Timberland RC&D <timrcd@iserv.net>

I'm hesitant to put this out over the whole list because I'm not sure, but 
my guess about the County of Muskegon would be that it has to do with the 
"innovative" Muskegon County wastewater system. This was the very same that 
made possible a business-location ad campaign in the 1970s with the 
headline "Muskegon County Loves Polluters." (There are pros and cons on 
this system and I don't want to make it sound like everything about it is 
negative, or that I'm any kind of expert -- but there have certainly been 
some less-than-desirable consequences.) At any rate, part of the wastewater 
scheme has to do with crops. That's just a guess though.

By the way, I would like to second Craig Harris in that it's a Congress 
problem. I've already called Debbie Stabenow about reforming the subsidy 
program in the new Farm Bill.

Cynthia Price

-----Original Message-----
From:	Anne Woiwode [SMTP:anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org]
Sent:	Monday, November 26, 2001 8:02 PM
To:	Enviro-Mich@Great-Lakes.Net
Subject:	E-M:/ RE: / who benefits from Michigan farm subsidies?

Enviro-Mich message from "Anne Woiwode" <anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org>

To search the Env. Working Group database yourself, go to:


A sample of info from the report (NOTE: on the webpage, clicking on the 
gives details about what kinds of activities or crops are being 

Farm Subsidy Recipients 1 to 20 of 51,469 in Michigan
Recipients from this state received $1,225,736,306 from 1996-2000.
(See more summary information for Michigan)

1 Berrybrook Enterprises Dowagiac, MI 49047 $1,944,679.36
2 Totzke Farms Baroda, MI 49101 $1,654,123.48
3 Golden Grain Farms Hamilton, MI 49419 $1,562,226.28
4 Tri-acre Farms Davison, MI 48423 $1,352,555.36
5 Vangilder Grain Fowlerville, MI 48836 $1,341,953.99
6 Kleinheksel Farm Holland, MI 49423 $1,207,668.30
7 Drozd Farms Allegan, MI 49010 $1,187,466.07
8 Van Damme Farms Enterprises Brown City, MI 48416 $1,168,828.01
9 Pidd Brothers Farm Stockbridge, MI 49285 $1,151,030.78
10 Oak Prairie Farms Bronson, MI 49028 $1,131,905.87
11 Storehalder Farms Waldron, MI 49288 $1,107,577.73
12 Hasenick Brothers Albion, MI 49224 $1,090,515.53
13 B & T Partnership Fulton, MI 49052 $1,089,060.52
14 Peters Bros Memphis, MI 48041 $1,065,595.60
15 King Farms Sturgis, MI 49091 $1,065,407.21
16 Whittemore Acres % R Rosenow Prescott, MI 48756 $1,021,551.63
17 Golden Acres Farms Jasper, MI 49248 $912,863.11
18 Ken Or Doug Stautz Marshall, MI 49068 $911,745.69
19 Hamlin Farms Webberville, MI 48892 $911,574.76
20 Pridgeon Farms Montgomery, MI 49255 $874,829.86
Source: USDA. Compiled by EWG.

Perhaps one of the oddest recipients listed:
112 County Of Muskegon Muskegon, MI 49442 $480,738.09

The two CAFOs Sierra Club has sued were also listed:
60 River Ridge Farms Inc Coopersville, MI 49404 $575,436.81
275 Walnutdale Farms Wayland, MI 49348 $375,305.21


Today's Booth Newspapers feature a story by Mike Magner about a study from
the Environmental Working Group alleging a handful of Michigan farmers are
reaping disproportionate benefits from farm subsidies when the money would
be better spent on farm conservation programs.  The Michigan Farm Bureau
strongly disputes the study.


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