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South Dakota Summary Information

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2012
  • $11.1 billion in subsidies 1995-2012.
  • $5.26 billion in commodity subsidies.
  • $3.27 billion in crop insurance subsidies.
  • $1.39 billion in conservation subsidies.
  • $1.20 billion in disaster subsidies.
  • South Dakota ranking: 8 of 50 States
  • 26 percent of farms in South Dakota did not collect subsidy payments - according to USDA.
  • Ten percent collected 62 percent of all subsidies.
  • Amounting to $4.88 billion over 18 years.
  • Top 10%: $38,148 average per year between 1995 and 2012.
  • Bottom 80%: $1,395 average per year between 1995 and 2012.

Top programs in South Dakota, 2004:

Rank Program
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Number of Recipients
2004
Subsidy Total
2004
1 Corn Subsidies**
 28,700   $239,824,937
2 Soybean Subsidies**
 23,773   $103,092,032
3 Wheat Subsidies**
 21,005   $76,999,818
4 Conservation Reserve Program
 14,423   $68,186,099
5 Disaster Payments
 4,074   $17,323,363
6 Sunflower Subsidies**
 5,825   $7,952,314
7 Sorghum Subsidies**
 6,453   $7,466,105
8 Env. Quality Incentive Program
 552   $5,139,771
9 Barley Subsidies**
 7,230   $2,991,807
10 Dairy Program Subsidies
 867   $2,075,328