WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2018 – The Trump administration released details yesterday on its emergency aid package in the form of direct payments for big farm operations, with the bulk of the taxpayer aid flowing to U.S. soybean farmers.
The following statement is from EWG’s Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, Scott Faber.
Today’s announcement by USDA is a disaster for the small, family farmers hurt the most by Trump’s trade war,” said Faber. “By failing to put more reasonable limits on farm bailout payments, Trump’s USDA will provide the lion’s share of the payment to the largest and most successful farmers. Congress should immediately act to place tighter limits on the payments provided through Trump’s scheme, and should deny bailout payments to millionaires and city slickers who do not live or work on the farm. Under today’s proposal, thousands of city slickers will receive payments.