Cotton Subsidies** in the United States totaled $32.9 billion from 1995-2012.
Counties in United States Receiving cotton subsidies**, 1995-2012
|1||Fresno County, California||$594,235,022||1.8%||1.8%|
|2||Gaines County, Texas||$498,489,059||1.5%||3.3%|
|3||Kern County, California||$465,219,591||1.4%||4.7%|
|4||Hale County, Texas||$452,876,313||1.4%||6.1%|
|5||Dawson County, Texas||$422,012,340||1.3%||7.4%|
|6||Pinal County, Arizona||$412,885,617||1.3%||8.7%|
|7||Maricopa County, Arizona||$412,849,741||1.3%||9.9%|
|8||Lubbock County, Texas||$376,679,908||1.1%||11.1%|
|9||Kings County, California||$344,657,077||1.0%||12.1%|
|10||Lynn County, Texas||$341,889,644||1.0%||13.1%|
|11||Terry County, Texas||$334,283,096||1.0%||14.2%|
|12||Mississippi County, Arkansas||$328,463,449||1.0%||15.2%|
|13||Hockley County, Texas||$307,674,913||0.9%||16.1%|
|14||Lamb County, Texas||$303,635,649||0.9%||17.0%|
|15||Floyd County, Texas||$291,075,975||0.9%||17.9%|
|16||Crosby County, Texas||$264,037,850||0.8%||18.7%|
|17||Tensas Parish, Louisiana||$261,491,016||0.8%||19.5%|
|18||Washington County, Mississippi||$252,999,051||0.8%||20.3%|
|19||Tulare County, California||$247,392,976||0.8%||21.0%|
|20||Coahoma County, Mississippi||$245,675,560||0.7%||21.8%|
|21||Yazoo County, Mississippi||$238,186,955||0.7%||22.5%|
|22||Leflore County, Mississippi||$222,491,818||0.7%||23.2%|
|23||Franklin Parish, Louisiana||$222,202,820||0.7%||23.9%|
|24||Dunklin County, Missouri||$221,652,790||0.7%||24.5%|
|25||Martin County, Texas||$216,717,086||0.7%||25.2%|
|26||Haywood County, Tennessee||$199,027,328||0.6%||25.8%|
|27||Nueces County, Texas||$195,403,902||0.6%||26.4%|
|28||Sunflower County, Mississippi||$192,941,541||0.6%||27.0%|
|29||San Patricio County, Texas||$191,582,997||0.6%||27.6%|
|30||Cochran County, Texas||$183,593,355||0.6%||28.1%|
|31||Swisher County, Texas||$180,444,751||0.5%||28.7%|
|32||Phillips County, Arkansas||$180,122,949||0.5%||29.2%|
|33||Howard County, Texas||$179,162,240||0.5%||29.8%|
|34||Yoakum County, Texas||$178,140,296||0.5%||30.3%|
|35||Morehouse Parish, Louisiana||$177,563,526||0.5%||30.8%|
|36||New Madrid County, Missouri||$174,199,397||0.5%||31.4%|
|37||Dooly County, Georgia||$172,029,445||0.5%||31.9%|
|38||Richland Parish, Louisiana||$170,493,350||0.5%||32.4%|
|39||Craighead County, Arkansas||$168,573,296||0.5%||32.9%|
|40||Merced County, California||$166,254,537||0.5%||33.4%|
|41||Crockett County, Tennessee||$162,890,109||0.5%||33.9%|
|42||Tallahatchie County, Mississippi||$162,282,343||0.5%||34.4%|
|43||Colquitt County, Georgia||$161,928,645||0.5%||34.9%|
|44||Bolivar County, Mississippi||$159,570,303||0.5%||35.4%|
|45||Cameron County, Texas||$158,895,980||0.5%||35.9%|
|46||Parmer County, Texas||$158,849,009||0.5%||36.4%|
|47||Madison Parish, Louisiana||$155,032,289||0.5%||36.8%|
|48||Castro County, Texas||$153,603,029||0.5%||37.3%|
|49||Desha County, Arkansas||$149,217,454||0.5%||37.8%|
|50||Humphreys County, Mississippi||$148,007,527||0.5%||38.2%|
Source: Environmental Working Group. Compiled from USDA data.
Note: The information on conservation spending for 2011and 2012 are incomplete due to missing data from USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service. In addition some payments made in 2010 were not assigned to recipients in the data received from NRCS. Those payments are also not included.
The information provided for the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) provides an inaccurate picture of how WRP payments are distributed. USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service uses title companies as intermediaries to finalize wetlands easements under the Wetlands Reserve Program. As a result, the data provided to us shows large sums of money going to these title companies. In reality, the payments are ultimately distributed to landowners participating in the WRP.
Unfortunately, NRCS has not provided the data to show where these farms and wetlands are located or which farmers or landowners are enrolling in the program, so EWG is unable to allocate these large sums of money to individuals beyond the title companies. Therefore, these companies skew the conservation rankings and payment concentration, which EWG cannot avoid unless and until NRCS makes available the additional farm attribution data. Therefore, we have not included WRP payments in the 2011 or 2012 data update.
We have separated data on farm commodity, disaster and conservation payments in order to provide a more accurate picture of top recipients and concentration of payments among the three main categories of USDA programs.
Finally, EWG works hard to ensure the accuracy of the information it provides through its products and services, but obtains data for the Farm Subsidy Database from the U.S. Department of Agriculture pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. Therefore, EWG cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information USDA provides or any analysis based thereon. If you find an error or discrepancy on the site, please contact your local USDA Farm Service Agency office to check its records before contacting EWG.