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Crop Insurance is becoming more important to farmers than Direct Payments
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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
** 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.