Dairy Program Subsidies in California, 1995-2020‡

Subsidy Recipients 1 to 20 of 4,914

Recipients of Dairy Program Subsidies from farms in California totaled $575,655,000 in from 1995-2020‡.

Rank Recipient
(* ownership information available)
Location Dairy Program Subsidies
1Zonneveld Dairies Inc *Laton, CA 93242$1,590,533
2Gallo Cattle Company Lp *Atwater, CA 95301$1,549,024
3Commodity Credit Corporation **Langdon, ND 58249$1,260,181
4Alvin Souza Dairy *Tulare, CA 93274$1,055,895
5Warren Hettinga Dairy *Tipton, CA 93272$1,052,864
6Hein Hettinga Dairies *Ontario, CA 91762$1,022,416
7Foster Farms DairyHickman, CA 95323$1,012,140
8Dores Dairy Ptn *Stevinson, CA 95374$998,695
9Bosman Dairy *Tipton, CA 93272$925,689
10Carlos Echeverria & Sons *Bakersfield, CA 93313$913,147
11Lemstra Dairy *Tulare, CA 93274$910,008
12Van Steyn Dairy *Galt, CA 95632$892,056
13Joey Fernandes Dairy Dba Fernjo F *Tulare, CA 93274$882,718
14Joe Soares Dairy *Delhi, CA 95315$861,364
15T & W Farms *Bakersfield, CA 93311$842,770
16Dennis Boertje & Son Dairy *Visalia, CA 93292$832,129
17West-star North Dairy *Buttonwillow, CA 93206$812,266
18Machado Dairy Farms *Manteca, CA 95337$796,343
19Shirk Dairy *Visalia, CA 93292$783,684
20Harold Dragt & Sons Dairies LLC *Hanford, CA 93230$773,100

* 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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