USDA will release a massive database today which, for the first time, will mean that payment data will be searchable for every individual in the
USDA's Farm Service Agency is releasing the so-called "1614" database today to four organizations - including the Environmental Working Group - that filed Freedom of Information requests. The 1614 file includes millions of transactions which will be searchable in numerous breakouts, agency officials report. Individual data will be available for the first time to track benefits from commodity "certificate" payments, which are not subject to the payment limitation rule. When paired with a USDA database of recipients' names and addresses, which was released on June 9, it will be possible to search for full records of each individual's benefits -- regardless if they were paid through an umbrella entity such as a cooperative.