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· OCM Says Federal Government Shouldn’t Have Given Trade Aid To JBS
· Lawmaker Calls For Investigation Of Farm Aid To Brazilian-Owned Meat Company
OCM Says Federal Government Shouldn’t Have Given Trade Aid To JBS
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Nov 26, 2019
The Organization for Competitive Markets isn’t happy with U.S. trade aid payments going to JBS. Recently the Brazilian company got $78 million in U.S. pork contracts, more than any American pork producer to help with the impacts of the trade war with China. OCM Board Director Al Davis says the federal trade aid payments were intended for the producers themselves not for a foreign corporation.
He says JBS has had several problems related to corrupt activities and has not operated with proper ethics.
Davis says the U.S. government should have kept JBS from getting that trade assistance.
JBS currently along with three other food companies controls about 85 percent of beef production, along with...
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Lawmaker Calls For Investigation Of Farm Aid To Brazilian-Owned Meat Company
“Taxpayer dollars should never be used to subsidize corrupt, foreign-owned corporations,” Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro wrote to Sonny Perdue.
By Mary Papenfuss, HuffPost
A Connecticut congresswoman has called for an investigation into why millions of dollars earmarked to help American farmers weather Donald Trump’s trade war with China are going to a U.S. subsidiary of a massive Brazilian meatpacking operation slammed for corruption.
Majority shareholders of the Brazilian company JBS S.A. have admitted to bribing government officials in their own country for years. They’re currently being investigated for possible corruption in America by U.S. officials, according to media reports.
The company’s American subsidiary, JBS USA, has received at least $78 million in government pork contracts funded with farm trade aid paid by U.S. taxpayers — more than any other U.S. pork producer, according to the Midwest Center of Investigative Reporting. JBS S.A. is the largest meat producer in the world.
“Taxpayer dollars should never be used to subsidize corrupt, foreign-owned corporations ... engaged in illegal behavior,” Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) wrote to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue late last week. “I urge you to immediately direct the department’s Inspector General to conduct the necessary investigation.”
DeLauro’s call for a probe comes as the latest analysis of payouts of a planned total of $28 billion to aid farmers amid the trade war reveals — again — that at least half of the money is being disbursed to the largest, wealthiest operations, instead of to smaller farms fighting to survive. Trump, however, has indicated that smaller farms will be “big beneficiaries” of the aid program.
The top 10% of operations — the “largest, most profitable industrial-scale farms in the country” – got half of the $14.5 billion in aid paid out from Aug. 19 through October, according to an analysis of data by the Environmental Working Group. The findings were nearly identical for the $8.4 billion paid out from January 2018 through April 2019.
Higher rates per acre this year are also being paid overwhelmingly to Southern farms, an area of the country that heavily supported Trump in the 2016 election, even though farmers there have been harmed less than in other regions, according to a report this month by Democrats on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. The report estimates payments to JBS at $90 million.
Majority owners of the company’s Brazilian parent, Wesley and Joesley Batista, have admitted to massive bribery of government officials in Brazil over years. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the Batistas for possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a federal anti-bribery law, according to filings in an unrelated court case. U.S. investigators interviewed JBS shareholders late last year as part of that investigation, Reuters reported.
In addition, JBS USA (also known as JBS Swift Beef Co.) was hit with a lawsuit...
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