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The United States Summary Information

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2004
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2008
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2011
2012
  • $292.5 billion in subsidies 1995-2012.
  • $177.6 billion in commodity subsidies.
  • $53.6 billion in crop insurance subsidies.
  • $38.9 billion in conservation subsidies.
  • $22.5 billion in disaster subsidies.
  • 62 percent of farms in United States did not collect subsidy payments - according to USDA.
  • Ten percent collected 75 percent of all subsidies.
  • Amounting to $178.5 billion over 18 years.
  • Top 10%: $32,043 average per year between 1995 and 2012.
  • Bottom 80%: $604 average per year between 1995 and 2012.

Top programs in the United States, 2004:

Rank Program
(click for top recipients, payment concentration and regional rankings)
Number of Recipients
2004
Subsidy Total
2004
1 Corn Subsidies**
 844,894   $5,308,631,480
2 Cotton Subsidies**
 140,350   $2,229,214,063
3 Conservation Reserve Program
 427,815   $1,816,524,999
4 Wheat Subsidies**
 702,120   $1,540,924,302
5 Soybean Subsidies**
 632,535   $1,449,036,750
6 Rice Subsidies**
 37,846   $661,501,871
7 Disaster Payments
 83,783   $546,881,095
8 Sorghum Subsidies**
 285,241   $369,619,359
9 Peanut Subsidies
 23,715   $233,015,823
10 Env. Quality Incentive Program
 32,734   $223,805,687
11 Dairy Program Subsidies
 63,686   $206,160,460
12 Barley Subsidies**
 147,733   $186,431,585
13 Sunflower Subsidies**
 30,903   $32,570,664
14 Dry Pea Subsidies
 4,581   $30,809,376
15 Livestock Subsidies
 15,820   $27,034,709
16 Canola Subsidies**
 10,880   $16,369,376
17 Wetlands Reserve Program
 397   $15,117,691
18 Fish Subsidies
 3,917   $11,157,430
19 Oat Subsidies**
 205,318   $9,390,159
20 Wool Subsidies
 14,694   $6,722,674