Apparently you don’t even need to be an American to receive US farm subsidies. Among the recipients from 2003-2006 (HT: Carpe Diem):

  • A founder and former executive of an insurance company received more than $300,000 in farm-program payments in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 that should have been subject to the income limits.
  • An individual with ownership interest in a professional-sports franchise received more than $200,000 for those same years that should have been barred by the income limits.
  • A person residing in a country outside of the United States received more than $80,000 for 2003, 2005 and 2006 on the basis of the individual’s ownership interest in two farming entities.

The investigators also found nine recipients resided outside of the United States — in Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom, for example.

I’ve got some mango and avocado trees in the yard. Maybe I should apply.