Examples of USDA's Application of the $50,000 Payment Limitation

RCED-86-29FS: Published: Oct 18, 1985. Publicly Released: Oct 22, 1985.

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed how the Department of Agriculture applied the $50,000 payment limitation to potential problem farmers, specifically where: (1) farmers were receiving more than $50,000 in total payments; (2) individuals or other entities were receiving payments, but were not actually farming the land; and (3) more than one individual or other entity was receiving payments on the same farm.

GAO found that: (1) where a farmer owned or jointly owned four farms, the farmer could receive up to $50,000 on the one farm he had 100-percent ownership in, and an additional $25,000 for his 50-percent ownership on the three corporate entities; (2) as long as individuals, partnerships, or corporations have an interest in a particular farm, they are entitled to farm program payments; (3) under current farm program regulations, individuals residing in foreign countries can receive farm program payments as long as they have been determined to have a land-owning interest in a particular farm; and (4) an individual cannot receive more than $50,000 in total farm program payments if he is receiving payments on other farm interests.

Jul 17, 2018

Jul 2, 2018

Jun 5, 2018

Apr 18, 2018

Apr 16, 2018

Apr 10, 2018

Mar 5, 2018

Nov 30, 2017

Nov 27, 2017

Nov 21, 2017

Looking for more? Browse all our products here