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·         Trump announces $19 billion farm relief package



Trump signs E.O.: 'Regulations will be cut'

President Trump signs an executive order on deregulation



May 19, 2020


President Trump said he signed an executive order Tuesday to cut “unnecessary regulations that impede economic recovery.”


The order calls for federal agencies to waive, suspend or eliminate red tape as the nation recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.


"Regulations are going to be cut ... go to town, do it right, do it safe," he said from the White House.


The goal is to boost the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns, but Trump said he hoped any regulations waived at this time would be gone for good.


“Because with millions of Americans forced out of work by the virus, it’s more important than ever to remove burdens that destroy American jobs,” he said.


As of April 28, the Trump administration had put 277 deregulation orders into place since he took office, according to The Brookings Institution. And the Trump administration has added 3,281 rules to the Federal Register, the fewest since records began in the 1970s...


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Trump announces $19 billion farm relief package


by Steve White, Nebraska.TV

May 19th 2020


WASHINGTON, DC — Pres. Donald Trump announced a $19 billion dollar farm relief package, which includes $16 billion in direct payments.


Signup with the USDA's Farm Service Agency begins May 26, as Pres. Trump said the USDA would begin issuing payments soon.


Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide relief to farmers and ranchers.


"We have these incredible farmers and ranchers," Pres. Trump said, talking about efforts to buy farm goods for food banks as well.


In addition, Trump said the US should consider ending trade deals that allow for beef to be imported to the US.


"Why are we bringing in cattle from other countries when we have so much ourselves?", Trump questioned. Unless it's a country "that has really been with us", he said we should rethink those imports.


Trump also talked about losses due to the trade war.


"The farmers were targeted by China when we started negotiating tough with China," Pres. Trump said. "They just want a level playing field. We took care of our farmers, and our ranchers."


Farmers joined Pres. Trump at the White House. They expressed their desire to see restaurants open. They also repeated they want trade, not aid.


"We want to be able to make our money from the markets," said Zippy Duvall of American Farm Bureau Federation, saying food is a national security issue.


"America’s farming community is facing an unprecedented situation as our nation tackles the coronavirus. President Trump has authorized USDA to ensure our patriotic farmers, ranchers, and producers are supported and we are moving quickly to open applications to get payments out the door and into the pockets of farmers,” said Secretary Perdue in a statement. “These payments will help keep farmers afloat while market demand returns as our nation reopens and recovers. America’s farmers are resilient and will get through this challenge just like they always do with faith, hard work, and determination.”


The CFAP program provides financial assistance to ag producers who have suffered a five-percent or greater price decline due to COVID-19.


Farmers and ranchers will receive direct support, drawn from two possible funding sources. The first source of funding is $9.5 billion in appropriated funding provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability (CARES) Act to compensate farmers for losses due to price declines that occurred between mid-January 2020, and mid-April 2020 and provides support for specialty crops for product that had been shipped from the farm between the same time period but subsequently spoiled due to loss of marketing channels. The second funding source uses the Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act to compensate producers for $6.5 billion in losses due to on-going market disruptions.




Livestock eligible for CFAP include cattle, lambs, yearlings and hogs. The total payment will be calculated using the sum of the producer’s number of livestock sold between January 15 and April 15, 2020, multiplied by the payment rates per head, and the highest inventory number of livestock between April 16 and May 14, 2020, multiplied by the payment rate per head.


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