If there is one lesson the Environmental Working Group has learned in its years of trying to advance sound environmental policy in Washington, D.C., it is this: follow the money. So in 2001 the public interest research and advocacy organization introduced the Farm Subsidy Database, a Web site that tracks who receives nearly $165 billion in farm subsidies. A useful tool for journalists and policymakers alike, the database is regularly cited not only in newspapers but on the floor of Congress as legislators debate farm policy. The New York Times called it the Web site that “helped transform the farm bill into a question about equity.”

Want to know who is getting farm subsidies in your county? Visit http://farm.ewg.org/farm/