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The United States Summary Information

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2004
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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, 2010:

Rank Program
(click for top recipients, payment concentration and regional rankings)
Number of Recipients
2010
Subsidy Total
2010
1 Corn Subsidies**
 884**   $3,495,343,298
2 Disaster Payments
 178,481   $2,532,598,972
3 Conservation Reserve Program
 442,768   $1,818,014,025
4 Wheat Subsidies**
 5,364**   $1,731,633,184
5 Soybean Subsidies**
 636**   $1,554,841,229
6 Cotton Subsidies**
 1,007**   $828,339,995
7 Rice Subsidies**
 85**   $401,628,223
8 Sorghum Subsidies**
 351**   $246,343,050
9 Livestock Subsidies
 30,248**   $226,737,271
10 Tobacco Subsidies
 58,316**   $194,434,094
11 Env. Quality Incentive Program
 9,261   $184,999,402
12 Wetlands Reserve Program
 1,468   $137,574,485
13 Peanut Subsidies
 49**   $86,976,571
14 Barley Subsidies**
 325**   $86,667,218
15 Dairy Program Subsidies
 51,487**   $73,932,412
16 Sunflower Subsidies**
 33**   $61,919,160
17 Canola Subsidies**
 3**   $31,245,909
18 Oat Subsidies**
 129**   $6,582,996
19 Wool Subsidies
 9,157**   $6,223,385
20 Flax Subsidies**
 0**   $4,912,372