Trump woos farmers with promise of $14 bn in pandemic aid

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U.S. President Donald Trump wears a mask while visiting Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S., July 11, 2020. PHOTO: Reuters

In a bid to win over voters in US farm states, President Donald Trump announced up to $14 billion in aid to farmers and ranchers hurt by the coronavirus pandemic.

With just six weeks left until the presidential election, Trump made the promise to the farmers at a rally in Wisconsin late Thursday, but the funds come from an existing program and it is unclear how much additional money is left to spend.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) provided details Friday of the new round of payments, which will distribute whatever funds remain from a replenishment provided by Congress to farmers unable to sell their products or who are facing higher costs.

“America’s agriculture communities are resilient, but still face many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a…



Source: Vanguard Newspaper