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Montana Summary Information

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2007
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2011
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, 2007:

Rank Program
(click for top recipients, payment concentration and regional rankings)
Number of Recipients
2007
Subsidy Total
2007
1 Wheat Subsidies**
 16,441   $133,124,257
2 Conservation Reserve Program
 8,288   $117,379,576
3 Barley Subsidies**
 14,164   $23,508,150
4 Env. Quality Incentive Program
 1,970   $19,139,381
5 Disaster Payments
 567   $3,086,506
6 Corn Subsidies**
 1,733   $2,028,788
7 Wool Subsidies
 746   $421,372
8 Wetlands Reserve Program
 13   $303,078
9 Safflower Subsidies**
 338   $281,738
10 Oat Subsidies**
 5,705   $270,980