Corn Subsidies


Corn is far and away the most subsidized agricultural product in America.

In 2020, corn growers received at least $9 billion in taxpayer supports through bailouts, commodity protection programs, disaster relief, conservation programs, subsidized crop insurance, and trade disruption compensation payments.

Corn is the most subsidized crop in America
US Taxpayers spent at least $9 billion in 2020 supporting corn production

Subsidy Breakdown by the Numbers

$9 billion+ in taxpayer corn subsidies & bailouts

Nearly Half of Corn is Fed to Livestock

According to the USDA,

Nearly half (48.7%) of the corn grown in 2013 was used as animal feed.

Only a small portion of the corn crop was used for high-fructose corn syrup, sweeteners, and cereal, at 3.8%, 2.1%, and 1.6%, respectively.

USDA Corn Coexistence Factsheet7

According to the Department of Energy, in 2019, 39% of corn was produced for ethanol.8 Based on these datapoints, AFA estimates that 46% of 2020 corn subsidies can be attributed to animal feed.

How much Corn is Fed to Each Species

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  5. USDA reports $3.2 billion of MFP payments went to ‘non-specialty crop producers’. Corn is in this category. For reference, here is the 2019 reporting :
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