Farming operations that once produced major crops such as corn, rice, wheat and cotton are paid a fixed stipend each year, along with extra payments when prices for those crops are low. The subsidy, called "direct and countercyclical payments," are sent to operations in most counties of the country. It is the largest program in the federal farm subsidy system, amounting to $9.4 billion in last year. This map shows each county that received the payments in the past calendar year and the program's 10 largest recipients in each county, according to payment records obtained by The Washington Post from the U.S. Agriculture Department as of February 2006.
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The Washington Post, July 2, 2006