Bailout Money Meant For US Farmers Heading To Brazilian Meatpacking Firm

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A portion of taxpayer money intended to help American farmers hurt by Trump's trade war will go to a Brazilian company.

Although Trump’s bailout program was meant to help those American farmers who were hurt by the trade war, $5 million of that money will be spent on bailing out JBS, a Brazilian meatpacking firm.

According to The Washington Post, the Agriculture Department has published a record stating that JBS, one of the largest meatpacking companies in the world, will sell 1.8 million pounds of pork products through the Trump bailout program. This program was meant to buy surplus commodities from farmers and ranchers.

The administration said that the $12 billion bailout program would be necessary to help farmers through the trade war with China. The majority of the program gives farmers hurt by the downturn cash payments. These payments have been suspended during the government shutdown.

Additionally, Smithfield Foods, owned by the Chinese WH Group, was given $240,000 in pork payments under the bailout program.

Critics, such as Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), have criticized the program, saying that money from U.S. taxpayers should not go to international firms.

Earlier this year, the Agricultural Marketing Program, a branch of the Agriculture Department, stated that the products it will buy are “100 [percent] American produced.”