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South Dakota NRCS Summary Information

Crop Insurance is becoming more important to farmers than Direct Payments
  • $72.0 million in subsidies 1995-2012.
  • $ in commodity subsidies.
  • $ in crop insurance subsidies.
  • $72.0 million in conservation subsidies.
  • $ 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 48 percent of all subsidies.
  • Amounting to $34.4 million over 18 years.
  • Top 10%: $8,429 average per year between 1995 and 2012.
  • Bottom 80%: $712 average per year between 1995 and 2012.

Top programs in South Dakota NRCS, 1995-2012:

Rank Program
(click for top recipients, payment concentration and regional rankings)
Number of Recipients
Subsidy Total
1 Env. Quality Incentive Program
 2,220   $53,238,632
2 Wetlands Reserve Program
 89   $7,771,140
** Crop totals are an estimate. In the data received by EWG for 2009-2011, USDA does not differentiate Direct Payments or Counter-Cyclical Payments by crop as in previous years. EWG allocated the region's Direct Payments by crop for the 2009-2011 calendar year using the proportion of that crop's Direct Payments in 2008. Number of recipients receiving Direct Payments for that crop were not estimated. Due to the way Counter Cyclical Payments are made - EWG was not able to allocate Counter Cyclical Payments to crops. Also included in the crop totals are the crop insurance premiums as reported by the USDA Risk Management Agency for that crop. The crop insurance premium is the amount of money that is calculated by USDA to make the program actuarially sound. Crop insurance premium subsidies are available at the county, state and national level.