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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, 2009:

Rank Program
(click for top recipients, payment concentration and regional rankings)
Number of Recipients
2009
Subsidy Total
2009
1 Corn Subsidies**
 12,261**   $3,778,965,048
2 Cotton Subsidies**
 118,593**   $2,213,782,337
3 Wheat Subsidies**
 13,849**   $2,127,034,045
4 Conservation Reserve Program
 448,381   $1,865,345,018
5 Soybean Subsidies**
 8,031**   $1,672,746,822
6 Dairy Program Subsidies
 50,854**   $1,147,694,515
7 Env. Quality Incentive Program
 69,893   $666,642,489
8 Rice Subsidies**
 885**   $394,387,845
9 Sorghum Subsidies**
 4,294**   $251,848,987
10 Disaster Payments
 38,164   $245,990,134
11 Tobacco Subsidies
 59,575**   $202,894,480
12 Livestock Subsidies
 24,993**   $168,316,963
13 Barley Subsidies**
 4,582**   $100,278,569
14 Peanut Subsidies
 1,980**   $95,215,097
15 Wetlands Reserve Program
 1,049   $62,517,375
16 Sunflower Subsidies**
 360**   $53,255,485
17 Canola Subsidies**
 55**   $21,349,797
18 Oat Subsidies**
 2,016**   $8,191,716
19 Wool Subsidies
 9,527**   $6,493,344
20 Flax Subsidies**
 34**   $5,441,034