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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, 2005:

Rank Program
(click for top recipients, payment concentration and regional rankings)
Number of Recipients
2005
Subsidy Total
2005
1 Cotton Subsidies**
 5,338   $368,297,187
2 Rice Subsidies**
 3,848   $101,989,764
3 Disaster Payments
 4,800   $92,362,125
4 Corn Subsidies**
 5,582   $36,610,104
5 Env. Quality Incentive Program
 1,674   $26,871,467
6 Wheat Subsidies**
 6,786   $21,346,057
7 Livestock Subsidies
 1,317   $8,638,721
8 Barley Subsidies**
 3,747   $4,822,938
9 Conservation Reserve Program
 517   $4,509,955
10 Wetlands Reserve Program
 22   $4,164,572