Ahead of a November 3 US Presidential election, the US Agriculture Department had issued a statement late on Friday detailing the entrails of a $14 billion in second round of pandemic relief bill for the American growers of major crops such as wheat, corn, soybean alongside livestock, tobacco and dairy.
In point of fact, latest pandemic relief aid for the US farmers, a major vote-bank for the US President Donald Trump who had been widely backed by the crop growers in 2016, came forth a day after Trump had announced the assistance at a campaign rally in the US state of Wisconsin, a critical battleground.
Apart from that, the $14 billion in pandemic relief aid for the US crop growers followed a $19 billion relief program announced on April this year aimed at assisting an ailing US farming industry which had been scuffling to grapple with a mass-scale disruption in supply chains stemmed off the pandemic outbreak.
Nonetheless, less than $10 billion had been paid off thus far, while critics had also raised questions on whether the aid had been making a raft of rich US farmers even richer, leaving the crop growers who needed the aid the most in dire strait.
Agriculture Dept. claims to have developed a program for those most-impacted
Meanwhile, adding that the second round of pandemic relief aid for the US crop growers had been instrumented to better meet the needs of those who had been affected the most due to the pandemic outbreak, US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement late on Friday, “We listened to feedback received from farmers, ranchers and agricultural organizations about the impact of the pandemic on our nations’ farms and ranches, and we developed a program to better meet the needs of those impacted.
” Nonetheless, branding the latest US Agriculture Ministry move an old-fashioned vote buying approach, a critic of the US President Donald Trump and the senior Vice President of Government Affairs at the Environmental Working Group Scott Faber said, “Once again, the Trump administration is funnelling too much money to farmers that do not need it and not enough to those that are facing economic ruin. ”