You’d think all those hippie farmers in liberal California would rely more heavily on government to sustain their farms than the God-fearing capitalists cultivating South Dakota’s crops. But no: according to a new analysis from the Environmental Working Group, from 1995 through 2021, South Dakota farmers took the eighth-largest share of federal farm subsidies, beating California farmers’ federal dependence by $4.7 billion:
The top 15 states with the most total farm subsidies distributed from 1995 to 2021, ranked by payments, were:
- Texas ($44.5 billion)
- Iowa ($39. 6 billion)
- Illinois ($32.7 billion)
- Minnesota ($28.1 billion)
- Kansas ($27.7 billion)
- Nebraska ($27 billion)
- North Dakota ($26.6 billion)
- South Dakota ($21 billion)
- Missouri ($17.4 billion)
- Indiana ($16.5 billion)
- California ($16.3 billion)
- Arkansas ($15.9 billion)
- Ohio ($12.8 billion)
- Wisconsin ($11.7 billion)
- Oklahoma ($11.5 billion) [Allison Winter, “Billions in Federal Farm Payments Flow to a Select Group of Producers, Report Shows,” South Dakota Searchlight, 2023.02.01].
Brown County depends most on federal support, collecting 5.5% of South Dakota’s farm subsidies.
$9.04 billion of that farm socialism came to South Dakota via commodity programs, of which Governor Kristi Noem’s family has collected $3.63 million. $7.61 billion came via crop insurance, which Governor Kristi Noem’s husband sells.
But why single out Noem for government dependency? EWG says 72% of South Dakota farms have collected federal farm subsidies. That’s more than 7 out of 10 farmers, a majority of whom are now Republicans, who can’t make it without handouts from Uncle Sam.
We already now that our current seeming economic growth is really an artifact of inflation and federal stimulus dollars covering up actual shrinkage in sales. The EWG farm subsidy data shows that South Dakota’s ongoing agricultural economic strength is an artifact of rank socialism, with the majority of South Dakota farmers taking handouts to stay in the field.