Tobacco Subsidies in the United States, 1995-2020‡

Subsidy Recipients 1 to 20 of 405,078

Recipients of Tobacco Subsidies from farms in the United States totaled $1,895,000,000 in from 1995-2020‡.

Rank Recipient
(* ownership information available)
Location Tobacco Subsidies
1Barnes Farming Corp *Spring Hope, NC 27882$3,025,821
2Worthington Farms Inc *Greenville, NC 27834$2,499,925
3Ham Farms LLC *Snow Hill, NC 28580$2,167,925
4Daniel H Lewis Farms Inc *Orrum, NC 28369$1,941,636
5Deas Bros Farms Inc *Jennings, FL 32053$1,787,769
6R Hart Hudson Farms Inc *South Hill, VA 23970$1,615,424
7Stuart Pierce Farms Inc *Ahoskie, NC 27910$1,574,792
8Scott Farms Inc *Lucama, NC 27851$1,564,154
9Fred M WetheringtonHahira, GA 31632$1,521,435
10Roger H DupreeAngier, NC 27501$1,505,090
11Wayne Edwards Farms *Whitakers, NC 27891$1,480,854
12G & R Farms *Glennville, GA 30427$1,438,650
13James Keith SmithFour Oaks, NC 27524$1,392,091
14Jimmie RossCarthage, NC 28327$1,350,131
15Charles Kenneth BennettMoultrie, GA 31788$1,325,162
16Spring Branch Farms *New Bern, NC 28562$1,265,679
17Richard L Tyson JrNashville, NC 27856$1,256,939
18Robert Pierce Farms Inc *Farmville, NC 27828$1,216,546
19Daniel W JohnsonMullins, SC 29574$1,189,735
20Wester Farms LLC *Louisburg, NC 27549$1,162,747

* USDA data are not "transparent" for many payments made to recipients through most cooperatives. Recipients of payments made through most cooperatives, and the amounts, have not been made public. To see ownership information, click on the name, then click on the link that is titled Ownership Information.

** EWG has identified this recipient as a bank or lending institution that received the payment because the payment applicant had a loan requiring any subsidy payments go to the lender first. In 2019, the information provided to EWG by USDA began to include the entity that received the payment, rather than the person or entity that applied for it, which was previously provided. This move to shield subsidy recipients from disclosure enables USDA to further evade taxpayer accountability. Six percent of subsidy dollars went to banks, lending institutions, or the Farm Service Agency.”

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‡ Data for 2020 includes payments made by USDA through June 30, 2020 and does not include crop insurance premium subsidies.


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