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Colorado Summary Information

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  • $5.43 billion in subsidies 1995-2012.
  • $2.23 billion in commodity subsidies.
  • $1.01 billion in crop insurance subsidies.
  • $1.54 billion in conservation subsidies.
  • $645 million in disaster subsidies.
  • Colorado ranking: 21 of 50 States
  • 69 percent of farms in Colorado did not collect subsidy payments - according to USDA.
  • Ten percent collected 69 percent of all subsidies.
  • Amounting to $3.05 billion over 18 years.
  • Top 10%: $36,432 average per year between 1995 and 2012.
  • Bottom 80%: $950 average per year between 1995 and 2012.

Top programs in Colorado, 1995-2012:

Years:
Rank Program
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Number of Recipients
1995-2012
Subsidy Total
1995-2012
1 Wheat Subsidies**
 28,313**   $1,435,758,983
2 Conservation Reserve Program
 16,010   $1,322,097,139
3 Corn Subsidies**
 16,641**   $1,267,772,523
4 Disaster Payments
 25,235   $644,945,548
5 Env. Quality Incentive Program
 9,152   $166,312,364
6 Sorghum Subsidies**
 9,616**   $114,722,668
7 Livestock Subsidies
 11,868**   $98,922,465
8 Barley Subsidies**
 15,688**   $73,305,364
9 Sunflower Subsidies**
 3,924**   $56,092,073
10 Dairy Program Subsidies
 440**   $30,626,624