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Alabama Summary Information

Crop Insurance is becoming more important to farmers than Direct Payments
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  • $3.19 billion in subsidies 1995-2012.
  • $1.84 billion in commodity subsidies.
  • $422 million in crop insurance subsidies.
  • $541 million in conservation subsidies.
  • $383 million in disaster subsidies.
  • Alabama ranking: 26 of 50 States
  • 70 percent of farms in Alabama did not collect subsidy payments - according to USDA.
  • Ten percent collected 81 percent of all subsidies.
  • Amounting to $2.25 billion over 18 years.
  • Top 10%: $19,899 average per year between 1995 and 2012.
  • Bottom 80%: $292 average per year between 1995 and 2012.

Top programs in Alabama, 1995-2012:

Rank Program
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Number of Recipients
1995-2012
Subsidy Total
1995-2012
1 Cotton Subsidies**
 15,884**   $1,333,398,312
2 Peanut Subsidies
 11,974**   $468,134,777
3 Conservation Reserve Program
 17,315   $393,672,852
4 Disaster Payments
 31,348   $382,655,157
5 Corn Subsidies**
 24,511**   $173,979,201
6 Livestock Subsidies
 25,552**   $111,722,221
7 Wheat Subsidies**
 19,104**   $103,850,607
8 Env. Quality Incentive Program
 8,267   $76,019,099
9 Soybean Subsidies**
 5,966**   $71,711,676
10 Sorghum Subsidies**
 12,777**   $16,479,113
** Crop totals are an estimate. In the data received by EWG for 2009-2011, USDA does not differentiate Direct Payments or Counter-Cyclical Payments by crop as in previous years. EWG allocated the region's Direct Payments by crop for the 2009-2011 calendar year using the proportion of that crop's Direct Payments in 2008. Number of recipients receiving Direct Payments for that crop were not estimated. Due to the way Counter Cyclical Payments are made - EWG was not able to allocate Counter Cyclical Payments to crops. Also included in the crop totals are the crop insurance premiums as reported by the USDA Risk Management Agency for that crop. The crop insurance premium is the amount of money that is calculated by USDA to make the program actuarially sound. Crop insurance premium subsidies are available at the county, state and national level.