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Sorghum Subsidies** in the United States totaled $6.6 billion from 1995-2012.

Year   Subsidy Amount
1995 $260,043,587
1996 $279,936,310
1997 $299,235,587
1998 $515,805,880
1999 $704,265,596
2000 $663,236,382
2001 $497,496,329
2002 $240,053,029
2003 $267,174,172
2004 $369,619,359
2005 $541,985,729
2006 $397,742,333
2007 $283,077,163
2008 $314,269,776
2009 ** $251,848,987
2010 ** $246,343,050
2011 ** $290,247,205
2012 ** $141,933,892

1995-2010**$7,171,975,815
  • Deficiency Payments
  • Direct Payments (2003-2008) and Production Flexibility Contracts (1996-2002)
  • Estimated Direct Payments** (2009-2012)
  • Crop Insurance Premium Subsidies
  • Price Support Payments (Loan Deficiency, Marketing Loan Gains, and Certificates)
  • Counter-Cyclical Programs
  • Market Loss Assistance
  • Other Sorghum Programs

Programs included in sorghum subsidies**

Program Total Payments
1995-2012
Production Flexibility - Sorghum$1,734,952,464
Direct Payment - Sorghum$1,208,282,262
Crop Ins. Premium Subsidy - Sorghum$1,132,633,913
Market Loss Assistance - Sorghum$929,335,255
Estimated Direct Payments 2009-2010** - Sorghum $317,414,245
Loan Deficiency - Sorghum$570,118,725
Counter Cyclical Payment - Sorghum$314,707,543
Deficiency - Sorghum$94,292,227
Advance Deficiency - Sorghum$83,908,953
Market Gains Farm - Sorghum$9,142,533
Market Gains Warehouse - Sorghum$5,638,974
Commodity Certificates - Sorghum$2,832,264
Warehouse Storage - Sorghum$334,151
Farm Storage - Sorghum$250,094
Loan Def. Refund - Sorghum$-811
Direct Payment Violation - Sorghum$-1,417
Mkt. Loss Asst. Refund - Sorghum$-3,840
Loan Def. Refund - Sorghum$-16,247
Prod. Flex. Refund - Sorghum$-80,817
Loan Def. Refund - Sorghum$-499,107
** Crop totals are an estimate. In the data received by EWG for 2009-2011, USDA does not differentiate Direct Payments or Counter-Cyclical Payments by crop as in previous years. EWG allocated the region's Direct Payments by crop for the 2009-2011 calendar year using the proportion of that crop's Direct Payments in 2008. Number of recipients receiving Direct Payments for that crop were not estimated. Due to the way Counter Cyclical Payments are made - EWG was not able to allocate Counter Cyclical Payments to crops. Also included in the crop totals are the crop insurance premiums as reported by the USDA Risk Management Agency for that crop. The crop insurance premium is the amount of money that is calculated by USDA to make the program actuarially sound. Crop insurance premium subsidies are available at the county, state and national level.