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Montana Summary Information

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2012
  • $6.59 billion in subsidies 1995-2012.
  • $2.73 billion in commodity subsidies.
  • $1.02 billion in crop insurance subsidies.
  • $2.13 billion in conservation subsidies.
  • $709 million in disaster subsidies.
  • Montana ranking: 17 of 50 States
  • 56 percent of farms in Montana did not collect subsidy payments - according to USDA.
  • Ten percent collected 65 percent of all subsidies.
  • Amounting to $3.63 billion over 18 years.
  • Top 10%: $47,006 average per year between 1995 and 2012.
  • Bottom 80%: $1,408 average per year between 1995 and 2012.

Top programs in Montana, 2006:

Rank Program
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Number of Recipients
2006
Subsidy Total
2006
1 Wheat Subsidies**
 16,971   $118,337,630
2 Conservation Reserve Program
 8,363   $117,875,560
3 Barley Subsidies**
 15,804   $32,360,791
4 Env. Quality Incentive Program
 1,919   $17,926,056
5 Dry Pea Subsidies
 817   $5,188,827
6 Corn Subsidies**
 1,956   $4,520,338
7 Disaster Payments
 410   $1,931,107
8 Dairy Program Subsidies
 114   $1,276,825
9 Livestock Subsidies
 131   $1,054,751
10 Wool Subsidies
 769   $510,749