Wheat Subsidies in Custer County, Montana, 1995-2020‡

Subsidy Recipients 1 to 20 of 448

Recipients of Wheat Subsidies from farms in Custer County, Montana totaled $23,759,000 in from 1995-2020‡.

Rank Recipient
(* ownership information available)
Location Wheat Subsidies
1Swope Ranch LLC *Miles City, MT 59301$724,675
2Michael David BallenskyMiles City, MT 59301$545,935
3Lewis John KrutzfeldtPowderville, MT 59345$507,396
4Karen KrutzfeldtPowderville, MT 59345$443,155
5Leslie Farming *Miles City, MT 59301$440,508
6Bice Ranch LLC *Miles City, MT 59301$381,379
7Steadman's Ranch & Properties LLC *Miles City, MT 59301$378,336
8Charles SteadmanMiles City, MT 59301$352,555
9John HamiltonMiles City, MT 59301$346,205
10Mizpah Farm *Miles City, MT 59301$333,823
11Hirsch Ranch Inc *Miles City, MT 59301$328,389
12William J KrutzfeldtMiles City, MT 59301$318,648
13Brody J Erlenbusch Dba E Farms Ll *Miles City, MT 59301$279,218
14B B & H Ranch Company *Miles City, MT 59301$275,336
15John Bruce LockieMiles City, MT 59301$267,880
16Jay Dee HirschMiles City, MT 59301$262,131
17Estate Of Gerard C Lund *Billings, MT 59102$238,968
18Hardy Family TrustMiles City, MT 59301$235,088
19Daniel D DoranMiles City, MT 59301$231,667
20Balsam Inc *Miles City, MT 59301$224,238

* 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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