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Agricultural Subsidies

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The federal government provides a “safety net” to agricultural producers to help them through the variations in agricultural production and profitability from year to year – due to variations in weather, market prices, and other factors – while ensuring a stable food supply. However, this support is mostly for five major “program” commodities of corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, and rice.  A few other commodities also qualify for government support, though subsidies are far smaller. Dairy and sugar producers have separate price and market controls that are highly regulated and can be costly to the government.

From 1995 through 2010, 3,296 farms in Maine received a total of over $60,400,000 in subsidies. The data below represents total (not annual) payments made from county United States Deprtment of Agriculture (USDA) offices to the top 100 Maine recipients during calendar years 1995- 2010 for subsidy programs administered by the USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

A recipient may be an individual, a corporation, a general partnership, joint venture, or some other legal entity. Payment data presented here were net of refunds paid to the government, which were subtracted for each recipient and subsidy category as the Environmental Working Group tabulated payments.

Source: Environmental Working Group • 1718 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 600 • Washington, DC 20009 • http://farm.ewg.org/subsidyprimer.php (accessed August 24, 2011)

 

Rank Recipient Location Subsidies
1 Flood Brothers LLC ∗ Clinton, ME 04927 $873,036
2 Williams Farms Inc ∗ North Anson, ME 04958 $778,041
3 Stonyvale Inc ∗ Exeter, ME 04435 $588,052
4 Piper Farms ∗ Embden, ME 04958 $571,310
5 The Wright Place LLC ∗ Clinton, ME 04927 $542,201
6 Veazland Farms ∗ Corinna, ME 04928 $533,444
7 Taylor Dairy Farm Corp ∗ Saint Albans, ME 04971 $520,983
8 Gold Top Farms ∗ Knox, ME 04986 $510,518
9 Hilton Farms Inc ∗ Norridgewock, ME 04957 $498,059
10 Crane Brothers Inc ∗ Exeter, ME 04435 $489,072
11 Cambridge Farms ∗ Cambridge, ME 04923 $485,759
12 Misty Meadows Farm ∗ Clinton, ME 04927 $467,753
13 Caverly Farms LLC ∗ Clinton, ME 04927 $439,736
14 Alfaslopes Farm ∗ Charleston, ME 04422 $429,878
15 Davis Farm, Thomas Davis Jr ∗ Kenduskeag, ME 04450 $411,999
16 Patten Farms ∗ Atkinson, ME 04426 $403,861
17 Ronald & Yvette Lamarche ∗ Corinth, ME 04427 $391,064
18 Highland Farms Inc ∗ Cornish, ME 04020 $361,642
19 Somerset Farms Lp ∗ Pittsfield, ME 04967 $331,035
20 Weston R Sherburne & Sons Inc ∗ Dexter, ME 04930 $324,072
21 Silver Maple Farms Inc ∗ Albion, ME 04910 $317,788
22 Frederick A Richards Sr Hermon, ME 04401 $312,210
23 Matt & Dorothy Rogers ∗ Clinton, ME 04927 $310,776
24 Ernest E Hawes Albion, ME 04910 $310,381
25 Howard Farms Inc ∗ Orrington, ME 04474 $299,327
26 Varnum Farms Inc ∗ Sebec, ME 04481 $297,994
27 Richard A Aitken Monroe, ME 04951 $294,494
28 Dostie Farm ∗ Fairfield, ME 04937 $292,283
29 Roger Aaron Whitney Corinna, ME 04928 $288,947
30 Green Thumb Farms ∗ Fryeburg, ME 04037 $278,804
31 Lilley Farms Inc ∗ Smyrna Mills, ME 04780 $274,932
32 Aghaloma Farms ∗ Knox, ME 04986 $270,529
33 Julien J Casavant Corinth, ME 04427 $263,471
34 Lake View Farms ∗ Saint Albans, ME 04971 $257,965
35 Ferland Farm ∗ Poland, ME 04274 $256,539
36 Frank W Tozier Fairfield, ME 04937 $251,858
37 Sandy River Farms ∗ Farmington, ME 04938 $251,604
38 Wide Ruin Farms ∗ Newport, ME 04953 $248,924
39 Stedy-rise Farm ∗ Clinton, ME 04927 $246,818
40 Caldwell Inc ∗ Turner, ME 04282 $242,038
41 Aghaloma Farms ∗ Knox, ME 04986 $241,401
42 Brigeen Farms Inc ∗ Turner, ME 04282 $239,681
43 Keith L Miller Newburgh, ME 04444 $237,056
44 Carl D & Linda E Smith ∗ Corinna, ME 04928 $236,279
45 Bosworth Farms Inc ∗ Cornville, ME 04976 $235,789
46 Quaker Hill Farm ∗ Unity, ME 04988 $233,156
47 Pray’s Dairy Farm ∗ Bradford, ME 04410 $231,317
48 Karl & Sheila Scott ∗ Garland, ME 04939 $223,429
49 Jay R Hastings Bethel, ME 04217 $221,146
50 Linwood N Eaton Exeter, ME 04435 $220,129
51 Elroy C Chartrand Norridgewock, ME 04957 $217,126
52 The Wren Farm Inc ∗ Thorndike, ME 04986 $214,083
53 Maple Lane Farms ∗ Charleston, ME 04422 $211,703
54 Smith’s Farm Inc ∗ Presque Isle, ME 04769 $206,631
55 R E Hemond Farm Inc ∗ Minot, ME 04258 $206,362
56 Barker Farm Inc ∗ Leeds, ME 04263 $201,815
57 James E Thomas Garland, ME 04939 $197,768
58 Dyers Valley Farm Inc ∗ Newcastle, ME 04553 $196,442
59 Carl R Smith III Newport, ME 04953 $195,171
60 Spear Farms Inc ∗ Nobleboro, ME 04555 $194,494
61 Page Farms ∗ Sangerville, ME 04479 $192,220
62 Buckley Farms Inc ∗ Leeds, ME 04263 $191,692
63 Country Acres Farm Inc ∗ Hampden, ME 04444 $191,608
64 Rusty Knoll Farm ∗ Gorham, ME 04038 $190,819
65 Jeffrey H Bragg ∗ Sidney, ME 04330 $189,695
66 Thomas Farms Of Garland Inc ∗ Garland, ME 04939 $188,078
67 Rufus Cooley Ripley, ME 04930 $186,728
68 Hill Farms ∗ Fryeburg, ME 04037 $178,980
69 John R Carter Bethel, ME 04217 $178,480
70 Kevin & Catherine Tilton ∗ Corinth, ME 04427 $177,820
71 Conant Acres Inc ∗ Canton, ME 04221 $177,657
72 Johnson Farm Inc ∗ Kittery, ME 03904 $175,946
73 River Rise Farm Inc ∗ North Turner, ME 04266 $174,519
74 Thurston Farms Inc ∗ Fryeburg, ME 04037 $174,369
75 Mower Farm ∗ Saint Albans, ME 04971 $172,939
76 Terry D Hicks Corinth, ME 04427 $172,782
77 Ricker Hill Orchards Inc ∗ Turner, ME 04282 $170,653
78 Keith A Noyes Albion, ME 04910 $169,879
79 Timothy G Lambert Norridgewock, ME 04957 $167,636
80 Willard C Doyen & Sons ∗ Mapleton, ME 04757 $167,483
81 Frank E Dickinson Norridgewock, ME 04957 $163,753
82 Larry Ward Thorndike, ME 04986 $163,429
83 John E Fisher Vassalboro, ME 04989 $161,801
84 John A Hemond Minot, ME 04258 $161,163
85 Daniel E Harriman Canaan, ME 04924 $160,838
86 Bell Farms Inc ∗ Lewiston, ME 04240 $159,052
87 Thomas C & Beth E Quint ∗ Hodgdon, ME 04730 $154,422
88 Ronald H Simpson Corinna, ME 04928 $152,646
89 Arthur & Janet Libby ∗ Corinth, ME 04427 $152,131
90 Cooper Farms Inc ∗ West Paris, ME 04289 $151,763
91 Nezinscot Farm ∗ Turner, ME 04282 $151,201
92 Edwin Pelletier And Sons Inc ∗ Frenchville, ME 04745 $150,313
93 Clemeadow Farms Inc ∗ Monmouth, ME 04259 $146,526
94 Shermirley Farm Inc ∗ Turner, ME 04282 $145,887
95 Maxwell Farms ∗ Lee, ME 04455 $142,819
96 Dale T Cole Sidney, ME 04330 $141,097
97 Arabest Farms Inc ∗ Winterport, ME 04496 $140,700
98 Springdale Jerseys Inc ∗ Waldo, ME 04915 $140,610
99 Guerrette Farms Corporation ∗ Caribou, ME 04736 $138,182
100 M Myron Smith Newburgh, ME 04444 $137,305

* 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, go to http://farm.ewg.org/top_recips.php?fips=23000&progcode=totalfarm&regionname=Maine, click on the name, then click on the link that is titled Ownership Information.

Source: USDA. Compiled by EWG.

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