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ANALYSIS OF WHERE TRADE AID TO FARMERS IS RELEASED
POLITICO reports:

About $6 billion in trade aid was paid directly to farmers between Aug. 19 and Oct. 31, and half of that went to just 10 percent of participants, according to a new analysis by the Environmental Working Group. Three operations collected more than $1 million a piece, while 45 received more than $500,000 each.

For the 2019 program, there's a $250,000 payment cap for three categories: row crops, dairy and hogs, and specialty crops like cherries and almonds. However, a farmer can't receive more than $500,000 combined. There are legal ways to circumvent this limit; for instance, multiple family members can each have their own payment cap, so long as they meet USDA's definition for "actively engaged" in farming.

Latest numbers: USDA has now paid more than $9 billion to farmers for 2019 production, topping the 2018 total of $8.6 billion, with another tranche of payments on the way pre-Thanksgiving


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