Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) introduced a bill this week that would place a hard cap on the amount of farm payments an individual can receive in a year.
The Farm Program Integrity Act of 2013 is similar to provisions included in the Senate-passed farm bill in 2012.
The legislation would establish a per-farm cap of $50,000 on all commodity program benefits, except those associated with the marketing loan program, which would be capped at $75,000.
The combined payment limit would be $125,000 for an individual and $250,000 for married couples. The legislation also includes language to apply a cap of $50,000 in payments to whatever type of program is developed in a new farm bill this Congress.
The full bill text is at http://www.grassley.senate.gov/issues/upload/Agriculture-02-12-13-Payment-Limits-bill-text.pdf .