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South Carolina Summary Information

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2004
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2008
2009
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2011
2012
  • $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, 2009:

Rank Program
(click for top recipients, payment concentration and regional rankings)
Number of Recipients
2009
Subsidy Total
2009
1 Cotton Subsidies**
 2,935**   $47,678,074
2 Tobacco Subsidies
 1,169**   $17,584,029
3 Corn Subsidies**
 145**   $15,137,816
4 Soybean Subsidies**
 80**   $12,970,714
5 Conservation Reserve Program
 4,894   $7,347,352
6 Disaster Payments
 1,078   $7,216,208
7 Wheat Subsidies**
 113**   $6,796,220
8 Env. Quality Incentive Program
 858   $6,773,403
9 Livestock Subsidies
 964**   $5,593,163
10 Dairy Program Subsidies
 75**   $2,992,117