Date: June 13, 2012 12:37PM
You may want to look into subsidies paid to AGRESERVES LTD.
Since 1999 AGRESERVES LTD has received €15,893,748 in payments from the European Union. (Total is old info, needs to be updated)
Excerpts below are from farmsubsidy website.
Agreserves Ltd. is the principal British farming interest of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as the Mormon or LDS Church (ref. www.lds.org). Reportedly, the Utah-based LDS Church is the largest foreign landowner in the U.K. The following are other agricultural enterprises owned by the church:
Agreserves Australia LTD: Kooba Station,Australia; Deseret Ranches of Alberta: Raymond, AB, Canada; AgroReservas, S.C.: Los Mochis, Mexico; Deseret Farms of CA: Woodland, CA; Deseret Farms of CA: Modesto,CA; Deseret Farms of CA: Chico,CA; South Valley Farms: Bakersfield, CA; Deseret Security Farms: Blythe, CA; Naples Farms: Naples,FL; Deseret Cattle & Citrus ST: Cloud, FL; Deseret Farms of Ruskin: Ruskin, FL; Kewela Plantation: O'ahu, HI; Rex Ranch: Ashby, NE; Riverbend Farms: St.Paul, OR; Deseret Land & Livestock: Woodruff, UT; Wasatch-Dixie Farms: Elberta, UT; Agreserves: Cottle County,TX; Agrinorthwest: Kennewick,WA; Handcart Ranch: Alcova, WY; Deseret Ranches of Wyoming: Cody,WY.http://farmsubsidy.org/GB/recipient/GB641044/agreserves-ltd/
Yes, Agreserves Ltd, is the UK based farming arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, farming at Manor Farm, Woodwalton, Cambs. They not only claim huge sums in farm subsidies, but as the church is a registered charity can no doubt claim tax exemptions too. They also operate England Farm Properties in Feltwell, Norfolk where they have a log cabin camp site run for church (Mormon) youth groups. In the last couple of years they have given 2000 tonnes of wheat to Kenya, which when I phoned them at Manor Farm, I was told that the church paid for it and it's transportation.
It's great that they can send wheat to less well off nations, but with the farm subsidies, it really looks as if the tax payers of the EEU have paid for it for them. The company portfolio of the Salt Lake City based Mormon church is massive, and as all members (14 million) are encouraged to donate ten per cent of their income (tithing) to the church it is one of the richest sects in the world. Each year at the General Conference of the church, the church financial auditor stands up and tells the assembled congregation that the finances of the church are in order, without ever, revealing the amount of funds that the church actually owns, and the membership just swallows it!