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  • EWG Report - Farm Subsidies in California: Skewed Priorities and Gross Inequities
  • $10.3 billion in subsidies 1995-2012.
  • $6.96 billion in commodity subsidies.
  • $2.06 billion in crop insurance subsidies.
  • $467 million in conservation subsidies.
  • $851 million in disaster subsidies.
  • California ranking: 10 of 50 States
  • 91 percent of farms in California did not collect subsidy payments - according to USDA.
  • Ten percent collected 73 percent of all subsidies.
  • Amounting to $6.06 billion over 18 years.
  • Top 10%: $67,607 average per year between 1995 and 2012.
  • Bottom 80%: $1,449 average per year between 1995 and 2012.

Top programs in California, 1995-2012:

Years:
Rank Program
(click for top recipients, payment concentration and regional rankings)
Number of Recipients
1995-2012
Subsidy Total
1995-2012
1 Cotton Subsidies**
 12,264**   $3,043,574,975
2 Rice Subsidies**
 7,266**   $2,558,819,814
3 Disaster Payments
 27,262   $850,600,580
4 Wheat Subsidies**
 16,041**   $557,367,909
5 Dairy Program Subsidies
 4,579**   $471,001,862
6 Corn Subsidies**
 11,709**   $304,821,943
7 Env. Quality Incentive Program
 8,492   $258,509,302
8 Livestock Subsidies
 9,933**   $154,023,261
9 Conservation Reserve Program
 1,227   $93,289,596
10 Barley Subsidies**
 8,883**   $73,336,548