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Iowa Summary Information

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2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
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2011
2012
  • $24.9 billion in subsidies 1995-2012.
  • $16.4 billion in commodity subsidies.
  • $4.00 billion in crop insurance subsidies.
  • $3.86 billion in conservation subsidies.
  • $646 million in disaster subsidies.
  • Iowa ranking: 2 of 50 States
  • 19 percent of farms in Iowa did not collect subsidy payments - according to USDA.
  • Ten percent collected 59 percent of all subsidies.
  • Amounting to $12.3 billion over 18 years.
  • Top 10%: $34,475 average per year between 1995 and 2012.
  • Bottom 80%: $1,565 average per year between 1995 and 2012.

Top programs in Iowa, 2006:

Rank Program
(click for top recipients, payment concentration and regional rankings)
Number of Recipients
2006
Subsidy Total
2006
1 Corn Subsidies**
 89,957   $975,747,911
2 Conservation Reserve Program
 55,106   $225,012,599
3 Soybean Subsidies**
 73,626   $189,338,245
4 Env. Quality Incentive Program
 2,783   $19,788,499
5 Dairy Program Subsidies
 2,476   $14,509,695
6 Wetlands Reserve Program
 111   $5,591,977
7 Wheat Subsidies**
 7,795   $1,118,348
8 Wool Subsidies
 1,432   $282,865
9 Oat Subsidies**
 16,438   $184,736
10 Sorghum Subsidies**
 1,045   $162,105