Iowa farmers received $1.3 billion in subsidies last year from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to data released Thursday by the non-profit Environmental Working Group.
Iowa ranks second in the nation in terms of farm subsidies, with 8.7 percent of the total in 2011.
Texas leads all states at $1.4 billion in subsidies, or 9.5 percent of the overall amount.
Iowa farmers received $23.6 billion in farm subsidies between 1995 and 2011, according to the data, which is drawn from USDA records.
The USDA subsidies for Iowa farmers between 1995 and 2011 break down to $15.9 billion in commodity subsidies; $3.47 billion in crop insurance subsidies; $3.63 billion in conservation subsidies; and $587 million in disaster subsidies.
Sully, I'm not sure what site you used but, these are some of the amounts of money paid in Iowa and Texas. I could be wrong about Georgia or Tenn but, again these aren't for mom and pop farms that work the "farms" themselves for their own benefit.