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The United States Summary Information

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2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
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, 2007:

Rank Program
(click for top recipients, payment concentration and regional rankings)
Number of Recipients
2007
Subsidy Total
2007
1 Corn Subsidies**
 756,545   $3,805,912,131
2 Cotton Subsidies**
 134,733   $2,541,484,197
3 Conservation Reserve Program
 465,406   $1,954,857,785
4 Wheat Subsidies**
 637,491   $1,618,339,733
5 Soybean Subsidies**
 572,810   $1,183,622,574
6 Env. Quality Incentive Program
 74,022   $638,558,177
7 Rice Subsidies**
 39,227   $485,935,959
8 Disaster Payments
 92,064   $461,957,503
9 Sorghum Subsidies**
 255,578   $283,077,163
10 Peanut Subsidies
 18,482   $239,879,720
11 Barley Subsidies**
 135,485   $100,632,253
12 Dairy Program Subsidies
 53,466   $78,122,492
13 Wetlands Reserve Program
 1,217   $48,379,934
14 Livestock Subsidies
 37,828   $43,872,431
15 Sunflower Subsidies**
 30,042   $39,085,498
16 Canola Subsidies**
 10,249   $21,161,254
17 Oat Subsidies**
 191,352   $7,742,260
18 Wool Subsidies
 11,566   $5,275,203
19 Tree Subsidies
 244   $3,516,606
20 Flax Subsidies**
 5,674   $3,024,046