(FORT WAYNE) - The city of Fort Wayne is among the non-farmers in Indiana that receive subsidy checks from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
As Congress debates a new five-year farm bill, critics say the current system sends too much money to the wealthy, non-farmers and large corporations.
Fort Wayne collected over $24,000 in farm subsidies between 2003 and 2005. Most of the money was for turning farmland into natural areas, but some of it was for growing soybeans and wheat.
Parks Director Al Moll says the payments were for Solomon Farm, which operates as a working farm to educate city youths about farm life.
According to the environmental working group, 1.6 billion dollars in subsidies were paid in Indiana between 2003 and 2005.
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