||Conservation Reserve Program|
|1||19th District of Texas (Rep. Randy Neugebauer)||$863,505,543||35.7%||35.7%|
|2||13th District of Texas (Rep. Mac Thornberry)||$834,826,519||34.5%||70.1%|
|3||11th District of Texas (Rep. K. Michael Conaway)||$239,146,653||9.9%||80.0%|
|4||23rd District of Texas (Rep. Francisco Canseco)||$50,103,479||2.1%||82.1%|
|5||4th District of Texas (Rep. Ralph M. Hall)||$28,610,633||1.2%||83.2%|
|6||15th District of Texas (Rep. Ruben Hinojosa)||$24,673,701||1.0%||84.3%|
|7||25th District of Texas (Rep. Lloyd Doggett)||$22,291,376||0.9%||85.2%|
|8||28th District of Texas (Rep. Henry Cuellar)||$15,743,407||0.6%||85.8%|
|9||17th District of Texas (Rep. Bill Flores)||$14,387,054||0.6%||86.4%|
|10||27th District of Texas (Rep. Blake Farenthold)||$9,675,647||0.4%||86.8%|
|11||6th District of Texas (Rep. Joe Barton)||$5,548,497||0.2%||87.1%|
|12||5th District of Texas (Rep. Jeb Hensarling)||$2,777,539||0.1%||87.2%|
|13||31st District of Texas (Rep. John R. Carter)||$2,336,700||0.1%||87.3%|
|14||1st District of Texas (Rep. Louie Gohmert)||$1,837,396||0.1%||87.3%|
|15||8th District of Texas (Rep. Kevin Brady)||$938,076||0.0%||87.4%|
|16||9th District of Texas (Rep. Al Green)||$577,749||0.0%||87.4%|
|17||14th District of Texas (Rep. Ron Paul)||$543,284||0.0%||87.4%|
|18||10th District of Texas (Rep. Michael T. McCaul)||$259,744||0.0%||87.4%|
|19||24th District of Texas (Rep. Kenny Marchant)||$250,400||0.0%||87.4%|
|20||30th District of Texas (Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson)||$148,315||0.0%||87.5%|
|21||2nd District of Texas (Rep. Ted Poe)||$141,990||0.0%||87.5%|
|22||20th District of Texas (Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez)||$112,739||0.0%||87.5%|
|23||21st District of Texas (Rep. Lamar Smith)||$79,389||0.0%||87.5%|
|24||16th District of Texas (Rep. Silvestre Reyes)||$70,398||0.0%||87.5%|
|25||12th District of Texas (Rep. Kay Granger)||$39,291||0.0%||87.5%|
|26||26th District of Texas (Rep. Michael C. Burgess)||$37,742||0.0%||87.5%|
|27||32nd District of Texas (Rep. Pete Sessions)||$12,436||0.0%||87.5%|
Source: Environmental Working Group. Compiled from USDA data.
Note: The information on conservation spending for 2011 is 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 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.