Denver airport got agricultural subsidies by renting to farmers
DENVER, Colorado – Denver International Airport collected about $400,000 in federal agricultural subsidies between 1995 and 2003 by renting up to 18,000 acres of its land to farmers.
About two-thirds of that money went to the farmers.
The city-owned airport acknowledged the subsidies this week after the Independence Institute, a conservative Colorado think tank, spotted the payments.
The airport stopped receiving the farm payments in 2004 but now gets federal subsidies for grasslands erosion control.
The airport on the plains east of Denver, which opened in 1995, has 34,000 acres total.
Snow usually comes and goes in this part of the state. A forecasted storm is expected to stick around for a while. Forecasters are calling for snow to persist throughout the weekend in the high country, with a prospect of a couple of feet of powder by the time the storm starts to diminish on Monday.