Monday, April 25, 2011

Urban Farming: Tracking Farm Subsidies in New York's 10014 and Greenwich's 06830 Zip Codes

These amounts are peanuts (a highly subsidized crop) compared to some of the big row crop operators in the midwest and the rice producers in Arkansas and cotton growers of the south and California.
According to Forbes, 10014 is the country's fifth most expensive Zip Code with a median home sales price of $3,785,445.

Here are the top ten subsidy recipients, courtesy of EWG's Farm Subsidy Database:

Greenwich's 06830 is the highest income zip code in the country with an income per return of $414,686.

Here's the 2009 Top 10 nationwide list:

Rank Recipient
(* ownership information available)
Location Total USDA Subsidies
1Fidelity Natl Title InsWoodland, CA 95695$4,851,323
2American Peanut Marketing Assoc.Leary, GA 39862$3,983,921
3Concordia Allied Producers LLCAshburn, GA 31714$3,286,604
4American Government SrvsTampa, FL 33618$3,051,207
5Dnrc Trust Land Management - ExemHelena, MT 59620$2,907,161
6Lesueur Cty Abstract CoLe Center, MN 56057$2,904,271
7S J R Farming ∗Los Banos, CA 93635$2,069,453
8Jackson & Kelly PllcMartinsburg, WV 25402$2,007,500
9Balmoral Farming Partnership ∗Newellton, LA 71357$1,910,834
10Gila River Farms ∗Sacaton, AZ 85147$1,711,444

Since 1995 the subsidy biz adds up to a quarter-trillion bucks.