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Trump Directs Agriculture Secretary To Support Hard-Hit Farmers Amid Coronavirus Pandemic


The U.S. farmers are eager to see how the government disburses the fund assigned for agriculture sector in “coronavirus relief bill”.

The American President, Donald Trump informed that the agriculture secretary has been instructed to accelerate support towards farmers especially the small farm holder who are more likely to be affected by the disrupted economy amid the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.
On his Twitter post, the U.S. President wrote that he expects Sonny Perdue, the agriculture secretary “to use all of the funds and authorities at his disposal to make sure that our food supply is stable, strong, and safe.”
However, no details are available on what the agriculture secretary is expected to do, while the American farmers await the announcement from the “U.S. Department of Agriculture”, in short the “USDA”, to see how the disbursement of “$9.5 billion” takes place which was set aside by Congress for the agriculture sector as part of the “coronavirus relief bill signed by Trump last month”.
The U.S. President will be seeking for re-election in the coming moth of November, whereby the farmers would form an “important part” of his political base. Moreover, Perdue on Twitter informed that the USDA “is using all financial resources we have been given to develop a program that will include direct payments to farmers & ranchers hurt by COVID-19 & other procurement methods to help solidify the supply chain from producers to consumers.”
Last week, the “American Farm Bureau Federation” had stated that the farmers needed to the support immediately and requested the USDA to carry out “special direct payments” to cattle rancher, livestock farmers, cotton producers and dairy holders to name a few. As per the group the sectors that were particularly “hard-hit” by the crisis include “dairy farmers and specialty crop producers” like fruit and vegetable farmers.