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South Carolina Summary Information

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  • $1.94 billion in subsidies 1995-2012.
  • $1.07 billion in commodity subsidies.
  • $407 million in crop insurance subsidies.
  • $236 million in conservation subsidies.
  • $230 million in disaster subsidies.
  • South Carolina ranking: 30 of 50 States
  • 70 percent of farms in South Carolina did not collect subsidy payments - according to USDA.
  • Ten percent collected 87 percent of all subsidies.
  • Amounting to $1.33 billion over 18 years.
  • Top 10%: $18,288 average per year between 1995 and 2012.
  • Bottom 80%: $157 average per year between 1995 and 2012.

Top programs in South Carolina, 2005:

Rank Program
(click for top recipients, payment concentration and regional rankings)
Number of Recipients
2005
Subsidy Total
2005
1 Cotton Subsidies**
 3,486   $58,211,263
2 Corn Subsidies**
 8,254   $26,567,252
3 Disaster Payments
 1,710   $22,345,281
4 Conservation Reserve Program
 5,385   $8,055,357
5 Soybean Subsidies**
 3,661   $5,329,699
6 Wheat Subsidies**
 6,772   $5,102,826
7 Env. Quality Incentive Program
 653   $4,242,774
8 Peanut Subsidies
 323   $2,817,120
9 Wetlands Reserve Program
 20   $1,310,875
10 Sorghum Subsidies**
 2,035   $411,205