Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue Announces $19 Billion U.S. Farm Aid Relief Package…

In the background of lessons being learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, stay tuned for a new MAGA-minded small farm program in the agricultural industry similar in construct to how President Trump and Secretary Mnuchin created the parallel banking system using community banks and credit unions.  Domestic food security is national security.

Today President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue revealed a $19 billion U.S. farm relief program which includes the Dept. of Agriculture purchasing $3 billion in farm products from the fresh supply chain to support those impacted by the collapse of the restaurant, hotel, school and cafeteria demand (food away from home).   WATCH:

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If you’ve been following our outlines on the food supply-chain issues, you’ll be well aware of what is causing the current farm crisis. {Go Deep} Secretary Perdue is stepping in to mitigate that impact and provide relief to farmers severely impacted by the supply chain disruption.

(Washington, D.C., April 17, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program will take several actions to assist farmers, ranchers, and consumers in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. President Trump directed USDA to craft this $19 billion immediate relief program to provide critical support to our farmers and ranchers, maintain the integrity of our food supply chain, and ensure every American continues to receive and have access to the food they need.

“During this time of national crisis, President Trump and USDA are standing with our farmers, ranchers, and all citizens to make sure they are taken care of,” Secretary Perdue said. “The American food supply chain had to adapt, and it remains safe, secure, and strong, and we all know that starts with America’s farmers and ranchers. This program will not only provide immediate relief for our farmers and ranchers, but it will also allow for the purchase and distribution of our agricultural abundance to help our fellow Americans in need.”

CFAP will use the funding and authorities provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), and other USDA existing authorities. The program includes two major elements to achieve these goals.

  1. Direct Support to Farmers and Ranchers: The program will provide $16 billion in direct support based on actual losses for agricultural producers where prices and market supply chains have been impacted and will assist producers with additional adjustment and marketing costs resulting from lost demand and short-term oversupply for the 2020 marketing year caused by COVID-19.
  2. USDA Purchase and Distribution: USDA will partner with regional and local distributors, whose workforce has been significantly impacted by the closure of many restaurants, hotels, and other food service entities, to purchase $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy, and meat. We will begin with the procurement of an estimated $100 million per month in fresh fruits and vegetables, $100 million per month in a variety of dairy products, and $100 million per month in meat products. The distributors and wholesalers will then provide a pre-approved box of fresh produce, dairy, and meat products to food banks, community and faith based organizations, and other non-profits serving Americans in need.

On top of these targeted programs USDA will utilize other available funding sources to purchase and distribute food to those in need.

  • USDA has up to an additional $873.3 million available in Section 32 funding to purchase a variety of agricultural products for distribution to food banks. The use of these funds will be determined by industry requests, USDA agricultural market analysis, and food bank needs.
  • The FFCRA and CARES Act provided an at least $850 million for food bank administrative costs and USDA food purchases, of which a minimum of $600 million will be designated for food purchases. The use of these funds will be determined by food bank need and product availability.

Further details regarding eligibility, rates, and other implementation will be released at a later date. (Link)

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125 Responses to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue Announces $19 Billion U.S. Farm Aid Relief Package…

  1. Tm says:

    Brilliant plan,

    Liked by 4 people

    • bertdilbert says:

      Pelosi is gonna stew on this, she might have to call the house back in session.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Robert Smith says:

        Pelosi certainly has a difficult choice at hand here.

        Pelosi has to choose between doing nothing for American citizens and slowing the American economic opening. OR,

        Pelosi coming back to DC and actively working against American citizens but then being separated from her ice cream.

        Liked by 13 people

        • bertdilbert says:

          Pelosi blew it again. I seriously doubt that Trump is going to wait for May 4th to extend the Paycheck Protection Act. It may be Executive Order time. It is after all, a state of emergency and Pelosi was derelict in her duties going on vacation at this critical time.

          What is she going to do, try to impeach him for trying to save people from going on unemployment? She has worked her party into a bad optics situation.

          Liked by 11 people

        • topavalley says:

          Robert Smith,
          Very late where I am, but your comment made me laugh.
          May I share it with all of the people that I have shared The Pelosi ice cream video with?

          Too funny

          Liked by 2 people

  2. rebel53blog says:

    Kudos to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, he’s a great cabinet member in the Trump Administration!

    Liked by 20 people

    • petszmom says:

      Very true. And he is a fine southern gentleman.

      Liked by 9 people

    • WPZ says:

      Mr. Perdue seems to be yet another of the “3rd generation” of Trump appointees, now that he’s finally sorted the Swampers from the actual Americans.
      A very encouraging sign.

      Liked by 3 people

      • amazed treetop downlooker says:

        Perdue ROCKS…HE OBVIOUSLY “gets it” ,….everyPatriot’s kind neighbor, avuncular sweetheart, beloved grandpa kind of demeanor….VERY excellent, terse informative all-meat/no-fat, straightforward presentation @ yesterday’s COVID briefing to introduce these programs….refreshingly clear, direct communication style with near zero administrative bureaucratic lingo. Loved the way VSGPDJT introduced him as the lvery handsome…”, or words to that effect…I need to go back & listen again. The whole deal, his intro & his presser input were, & the programs are, as wholesome & refreshing as fresh milk, eggs, fruit & veggies, direct from the animals/fields & straight to the kitchen table, American farmers/ranchers tremendously respected & a very uplifting way to solidify an essential cornerstone of American security !
        WINNING, YEP…BIGLY !!!

        MAGAKAGslide2020!!!
        🙏🇺🇸🙏🇺🇸🙏🇺🇸

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  3. ruckustom says:

    Just keep on printing that money. Better make sacrifices to the interest rate gods. 0% on $30 T is a lot different than 20% on $30 T.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sentient says:

      We’ll rack it up to about $50T and then just have a debt jubilee.

      Liked by 5 people

      • ruckustom says:

        It’ll be fun when our entire budget is made up of interest rate payments. Goodbye socialist security, goodbye military, goodbye nasa, goodbye …

        Liked by 2 people

      • theasdgamer says:

        We’ll sue China and foreclose on the homes that they bought.

        Liked by 3 people

        • amazed treetop downlooker says:

          And businesses and EVERYTHING they’ve, in effect, stolen !

          Liked by 2 people

        • GGHD says:

          theasdgamer, … That’s a possibility with proposed legislation: =

          “Cotton, Crenshaw Bill Would Allow Americans to Sue China for Virus Damages.”
          Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) introduced legislation that would allow Americans to sue China in federal court to recover damages for death, injury, and economic harm caused by the Wuhan Virus. Specifically, the bill would amend the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act to create a narrow exception for damages caused by China’s dangerous handling of the Wuhan Virus outbreak.
          [From Senator Tom Cotton’s site April 16, 2020]
          *******************

          It will all depend on the 2020 election. One party will promise more ‘free’ stuff and ‘cheap’ stuff from China. … Hopefully, the Republican Party will promise the ability to sue China to get our money back.

          A crying woman asking, “Where do I go, Beijing Biden, to get back my dead child and my dead parents?” would make for a devastating political ad. … But it seems, the Beijing Biden political party is always the one appealing to emotions.

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          • Yippeekiyay says:

            GGHD, I’m glad to see the Cotton, Crenshaw Bill proposal.

            I think Nancy Pelosi should be questioned about what she knew when she brought the Chinese tourist to San Francisco for the New Years celebration.

            Liked by 1 person

      • amazed treetop downlooker says:

        The Fed & then ALL central banks are being slain, right before our eyes !
        Pile it all on THEIR debt sheet… aMEGAMAGAdose of their own medicine that they’ve been ripping hard-working Americans off with since 1913.
        DELICIOUS !

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        • Zabadak says:

          I envision a return to the gold standard. Take all restraints off of gold and silver and let a free market determine their value.

          The Fed can go pound sand and take their trillions of IOU’s with them. The debt is unsustainable and never ever going to be paid back so lets get as much of this phony baloney Monopoly fiat money to our citizens so those who have vision and common sense can stock up on essential provisions before the return to the gold standard occurs as it will be a bumpy ride. MAGA.

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    • HardDrinkinLincoln says:

      Control of the money printing game was lost 10 years ago. This is how the game is played today. Money printing is now a tool. A tool to save our republic.

      Liked by 2 people

    • RedBallExpress says:

      Very true but the purchased food has value. Try feeding this country without farmers which is where we are headed without this program. We aren’t talking about low profits we are talking about catastrophic hemorrhaging and bankruptcies. Milk prices were break even at $18 per hundred pounds in January and are projected at $12 per hundred pounds in May. No dairy farmer will survive the red ink – period.

      It is similar to paying your employer instead of receiving a pay check.

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      • amazed treetop downlooker says:

        Tru dat, RBExpress !
        Businessman/CEO VSGPDJT GETS IT ! … very systematically securing so much of what we truly need for long term security with the ongoing & ever more forthcoming true asset-backed economic reset of AMERICA FIRST !!!, including REAL job security for farmers, ranchers, producers of the high quality essential items we had been used to from “Made in America”, before all the “TCQ…C !”came along…”Typical Chinese Quality…Crap !”.

        You guessed it: MAGAKAGslide2020 !
        🙏🙏🙏🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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    • Brian in CA4 says:

      It is just electronic money. Run up the tab and give it back to main street I say. When the tab gets to $40 trillion and interest rates are even just 10%, the tax payers will tell the fed, Wall Street, globalists and foreign investors to shove their debt. They caused the problem and it might be the only way to rid ourselves of the fed. What I own will be in a different instrument. In the end, their only option is to keep interest rates near zero indefinitely.

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      • FrankieZee says:

        This will be Trump’s plan in his 2nd term, to get rid of the debt and the Fed. That is why he has no concerns about adding to the debt right now. Like he says: it is OUR money.

        Liked by 1 person

        • amazed treetop downlooker says:

          Get rid of Central Banks & you’ve cut off the very hydra-headS of the crooked globalist banksterNWOpoliticiangriftertraitors’…this is/WILL BE the epic battle of the millennia…we “AIN’T SEEN NUTHIN YET !!!”

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  4. Mari in SC says:

    Good. I’m happy the food won’t be wasted and healthy foods will be distributed. Now can we get the country, including restaurants, opened and get people back to work.

    On a side note, our local regional food bank had a couple pledge to match donations up to $150K. That was exceeded by $59K. Yesterday 9 local TV and radio stations set up a 24 hour group campaign to raise $50K. It’s been extended to Monday because they are currently at $195K. All of this is to say people are willing to help. FYI, the money is being used to purchase produce and recipients will receive a box of produce and a box of pantry staples to last about a week.

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    • Sheepdog74 says:

      Merka!!!!

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    • Here in Houston food banks tend to be utilized by people driving Mercedes, living in public housing, taking 3 turns. Is it different elsewhere?

      Liked by 2 people

      • wodiej says:

        Same where I live. It’s a frigging joke.

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      • fixintostand says:

        Lots of these three turn Mercedes drivers are very happy with President Trumps, “Trump Bucks” and have a new found respect and admiration of the “orange man” because he came through with what he said he would. If President Trump would do one more personal check for the same amount, maybe a little more, he would have the election in the bag. Forget the side of beef, toned arms, dementia, those with dictatorial tendencies, these people would be toast and President Trump would have a slam dunk! Please check twitter.

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    • amazed treetop downlooker says:

      Gotta LUV it….OFF the gubmint (mis-useable) dollar dole & instead, onward to DIRECTLY charitable gifts of essentials from the truly caring good stewards’ bounty…God is proud of such benevolence, Amen !

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  5. WSB says:

    Why is Perdue trying to lower the immigrant hourly pay rate? Why not install a ban against immigrant labor at this time?

    Liked by 4 people

    • bertdilbert says:

      Because we are going to bounce back and with that the return of a tight labor market.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Sherri Young says:

      Farming goes on in relatively sparsely populated locations. Labor often has to be brought in to harvest fruit and row crops. Migrant laborers are more likely to show up and stay until the crops are in.

      Liked by 2 people

      • WSB says:

        Not with millions of US citizens out of work.

        Liked by 2 people

      • Maria says:

        In some parts of the country, zoning laws prohibit “too many” houses out of the belief that farming cannot coexist with neighbors near the farm. And for certain types of farming that is true. If you want to plant a massive monoculture (which attracts pests as well as encouraging the proliferation of plant diseases) then you have to spray toxic chemicals into the air (inadvertently poisoning your neighbors as well as the pest insects and plant pathogens being targeted). And since the government encourages bad farming practices like that (favored by large corporate farms) while harassing farmers who put in the effort to farm without harming their neighbors…

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        • Adele Virtue says:

          that reminds me of a pig farm in NJ. Had been there for decades if not a century, handed down through generations. Well there was land nearby that a developer bought and made a development on. shortly thereafter, he sued the pig farm for the smell saying his homes were not selling. Being NJ he won. The pig farm had to close and the price of pork went up. And he still took years to sell those houses.

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    • Kaco says:

      I think Perdue is lobbying for more H2B Visas and I was asked a week or two ago by NumbersUSA to fax the WH on it.

      I got an email from NumbersUSA yesterday with an update that Pres Trump has paused it.
      Copy/Paste:

      “THIS ISSUE: A win last week as Pres. Trump paused the expansion of low-skilled H-2B visas. There’s a lot left to do, and a real opportunity for a new direction.
      FRI, APR 17th
      We are nearly a month into nationwide shutdown due to the coronavirus and we are starting to understand the magnitude of the economic effects. There are at least 22 million more Americans who are out of work, and it’s likely to get worse before it gets better.

      One of our jobs at NumbersUSA is to message effectively –to help get the media to report on important stories and, ultimately, to have policy makers in D.C. put the interests of the American people first and foremost when it comes to immigration.

      Yet, how does an organization message at a time like this without the message sounding trite?

      I keep hearing it said:

      “I’ve never seen anything like this.”

      That’s true, and it’s scary for a lot of us.

      We also keep hearing that we’re going to get through this together, while we’re being told to keep our distance from one another.

      My hope, and I know many of you share this with me, is that this ordeal will propel us out of the partisanship and ideological rigidity that’s predominated for far too long.

      Every single one of those 22 million who have been put out of work are individuals, who deserve our respect, and deserve our support in earning a livelihood.

      Last week, we told you that the Trump Administration paused the expansion of the H-2B, low-skilled guest worker program. That was the right decision, and President Trump deserves credit for making it, although he still hasn’t committed to stopping or slowing giving out the normal number of H-2B and H-1B visas.

      There is going to be a lot of pressure put on the President, and a lot of money spent lobbying Congress, in order to “return to normal.”

      Normal wasn’t working for many Americans, and we can’t get to something better without your help.

      You saw this? Eight out of ten Americans Favor A Pause On Immigration During Coronavirus Pandemic

      That’s a groundswell!

      Let your members of Congress know how you feel.
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      I was reflecting this week on how fortunate I am to be able to work every day for something I truly believe in, and to be able to work with people who are truly committed to the same goal. And humbled by knowing there are millions of you out there who are working with us.

      We are presented with a genuine opportunity to make a real change in direction. We owe it to our fellow Americans, and to our posterity, to pass on the blessing that we have.

      If you need a little pick-me-up, Brooks Robinson always works for me.”

      I think we need to keep an eye on this as always, though.

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  6. cherokeepeople says:

    this is the way you do it.the dems would want to hand out money of which they would skim 20% off the top.

    Liked by 8 people

    • GB Bari says:

      Exactly!

      ANY “HELP” SCHEME the DemonRATs come up with has a kickback built-in, where whoever gets big subsidies then”donates” huge amounts right back to DNC or directly to Congress members campaigns. It’s blatant, it’s easily discovered, but they do it with impunity because the Media refuses to call them out.

      Liked by 5 people

      • OW21 says:

        GB -Isn’t this exactly what happened with the Clintons in Haiti? The money for contracts given to rebuild Haiti somehow ended up in the pockets of their buddies and the Clinton Foundation. No homes for you!!!

        Liked by 5 people

        • Janie M. says:

          OW, hope my memory is correct but wasn’t that around $5 billion?

          Liked by 1 person

          • OW21 says:

            I am not sure, Janie…I think that sounds right.

            Liked by 2 people

            • Janie M. says:

              You know what, OW? I hope I live long enough to see the Clintoons get payback for the financial schemes they have inflicted on ALL their victims (includes US taxpayers).

              Liked by 2 people

              • OW21 says:

                They should both be in jail…

                Liked by 1 person

                • amazed treetop downlooker says:

                  TRANSIENTLY, YES….on their way to the gallows !
                  Such resolutions ARE justified to protect society when – even while incarcerated – such prisoners could truly wield enough influence to indirectly pose severe threats to civilized society & her law-abiding citizens !

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            • frances says:

              I believe it was ten billion, the Clinton cabal built a sweatshop/factory to make clothes for major brands, and a few houses aka sheds, that was it. The vast majority of the money went into the Clinton Foundation and to my knowledge is still there. An administrator who was I think an accountant as well from Haiti was to testify about the funding abuses, he was killed by his barbell the day before his court appearance. Death follows the Clintons, may justice find them in God’s good time.

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        • GB Bari says:

          Correct!

          Liked by 1 person

    • AustinHoldout says:

      Their share will come from 1. The $250 million set aside for “administration” and 2. Kickbacks and campaign contributions from the producers that get the contracts to provide the food. Don’t worry-they give away nothing without a quid pro quo.

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    • Adele Virtue says:

      I heard but never researched it, that schummer made up fake companies in NY to have them apply first for the PPP money and then socked it away for themselves. I do not see how that would work though unless the banks were in on it also since here in the rural area of WA the banks actually know you by name and know your businesses. Would that be possible? Did that really happen or is someone out there again spreading false info to stir the pot? I have not found any other info on it but frankly with putting in the garden I really have not taken the time to look.

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  7. Dutchman says:

    I notived PDJT “plugs” the alternative banking system, every chance he gets;
    4000 community banks, who knew?”

    Lol, HE knows, cause he rewrote regulations so those banks didn’t have to follow Dodd-Frank regulations, lol.

    Firmly protecting Farmers, Energy American Manufacturing, and trying like heck, despite Uniparty collusion and resistance, to support Main Street.

    And boy is China gonna pay for this!

    Liked by 15 people

    • livefreeordieguy says:

      Exactly right, Dutch… We have been waiting for Mexico to pay for The Wall only to find out now that China is going to pay for everything! Listen to PDJT in the last 48 hours. He is so pissed at China that he can’t hide it — and he’s not going to settle for just one pound of flesh…. He can’t put the hammer down too quickly. But once the supply chain is safely and fully out of China and US capabilities are safely started — boom.

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      • Dutchman says:

        Lets put it this way; I AM NOT HAPPY WITH CHI-NA. I AM NOT HAPPY!

        Yeah, he’s pissed, and thats not good for CHI-NA.
        He’s got a whole lot of arrows in his quiver,….and I agree, you don’t want to butcher the cow, as long as she is still producing milk.
        Once she gores your son, tho,….changes the calculas somewhat!

        China and EU each owe us 15 Trillion, as a baseline. Thats BEFORE you get to this virus fiasco.
        So yeah, he’s gonna call CHI-NA for renegging on phase one, which they were gonna do, anyway,….then he’ll hammer them with tarifs, and turn his attention to EU, and hammer the crap out of them, as well.

        What a FASCINATING time to be alive,…and I DON’T see it as being the “end times”,…but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a Spiritual battle between God and Satan going on!

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        • livefreeordieguy says:

          Well said… I don’t see “end times” either…. But there is a “reckoning” at hand, no doubt!

          Liked by 4 people

        • I missed the reneging. Is that true or just inevitable, and just not yet true?

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          • Dutchman says:

            The second. China, and EU for that matter, simply can NOT agree to PDJT’s fair and reasonable demands.
            Unlike other countries, which have ALSO been screwing us on trade, (Japan, Brazil, etc.) China and EU have structured their systems, counting on continueing to screw us.

            So, it is inevitable that CHINA will renege; they can NOT compete with us fairly, so they must CHEAT.

            Its been inevitable, from day one.
            Thats WHY this battle is an ‘existencial’ one. If PDJT wins, the CCP will not be able to maintain control of China, and as they are the State sponsor of Globalism, it will be dealt a major setback, if not a death blow. Hence the desperation we see in all the attempts to derail PDJT; muh russia, impeachment 2.0, and I believe this virus, tangible, palpable desperation.
            Because he is WINNING.

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            • PDJT is too smart to create this situation but hear me out.
              If China gets booted from the world orgs., debts are cancelled, they can no longer sell to us, what is stopping them from starting a real war?
              I’ve said before that I believe they will become the new terrorists, like we went from the IRA to radical Islam. At some point we need to cut them off at the knees but make it look like they won.

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              • granitej4 says:

                What kind of war besides the biological war they already started? It’s not like they could invade us like Normandy – they’d be seen crossing the pacific and blown out of the water before they made it to the Philippines. They’d have to take alaska first, and I don’t even think that’s possible – even with Russia’s help. So that leaves bio war and terrorism.

                I’m not worried about either of those based on the “all bark, no bite” present situation for the former, and our successful historical solution for the latter – just round em up.

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                • Bio-warfare is terrifying. COVID-19 proves it.

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                • AlwaysRight says:

                  Cyber or physical sabotage. If you don’t think they and a couple other entities can crash our electricity grid, you don’t understand how the grid works. If you think CV19 was bad, try living 1 week without power.

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                • amazed treetop downlooker says:

                  Iowarfare IS terrifying, and I informedly fear, we ain’t seen nuthin yet !
                  God help & bless us all !

                  MAGAKAGslide 202p !!!
                  🙏🇺🇸🙏🇺🇸🙏🇺🇸

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        • buzzybee says:

          Appreciate your comments, Dutchman. And since God always wins, the thoughts are quite encouraging in these troubled times.

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          • Dutchman says:

            Yes, we don’t always know HOW, but we CAN be assured of the outcome.

            In fact, just as he used a teenage boy, up against a literal giant AND experienced warrior, to make it clear that HE was ‘playing a hand’, he is using the most IMPROBABLE person, to beat down Satans plan of Global conmunism.

            When you look at improbability, piled on improbability, there simply is NO rational explanation, no EARTHLY explanation, for PDJT’s consistent success,….other than Gods intervention.

            Its like someone (PDJT) sitting down to a poker game, with 6 other players, who are ALL accomplished card shark cheats.
            And yet, despite NOT cheating, EVERY HAND DEALT, ….HE wins! NOT possible, right?
            With GOD, ALL things are possible. Without GOD, nothing.

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            • Pf1289 says:

              When David was alone out in the hills and no one knew his name or where he was, God knew where he was. God was preparing him. Davids talent/skills and character had to be right before God put him into action.

              Likewise, when PTrump was building around the world, learning how to work with different types of people, governments, negotiating, etc., he built a skill set that no President has ever had. I truly believe he was being prepared by God for “such a time as this”. No politician could’ve handled it.

              Now, if someone says “No Christian could vote for him”, I ask them which of the heroes of the Bible was perfect? According to your standards God couldn’t have used any of them.

              David “was a man after God’s own heart” yet he committed adultery and murder. Paul killed Christians before his encounter and conversion with God. He went on to write about a third of the New Testament. So, tell me again how God couldn’t use a man like PTrump? I never saw his TV show but mostly knew of him from the eighties, etc. Seems like somewhere along the line he found Christ as his Savior.

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            • amazed treetop downlooker says:

              Amen & Alleluia, BrotherDutchman…that IS the heart of it…and while there will always be be YUUGE challenges & great intensity at times, there truly is NOTHING to fear except fear itself…Satan’s prime weapon.

              BE NOT AFRAID … for those who love God WILL ENJOY the good fruit He brings from all things, events, twists & turns. VERY interesting times we live in here, on our sojourn home to the promised land !

              God bless you all God Bless America & THANKS SO MUCH, TreeperPatriots for all your ongoing, uplifting educational inputs !

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            • June Abbott Boyd says:

              I love your take on this situation!!

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  8. 4sure says:

    How much of this money will go to big ag. conglomerates
    vs small farmers?

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    • sledhead406 says:

      The answer is likely none to actual producers. For the beef industry, this is just a nice little present from ol’ Sonny to his buddies.

      After the August fire at the Tyson plant in Kansas City, the packers’ margins became too much for anyone to ignore (see antitrust, and this is nothing new). RCalf and others demanded Purdue investigate and we received a predictable “nothing to see here”

      As of recently we have finally skipped the USDA and went straight to the DOJ to hopefully put an end to this.

      Background: 4 packers handle 90% of beef in the US. They suppress prices for domestic producers and feeders by flooding the market with cheap foreign cattle and strategic timing of supply storage releases.

      Ever wonder why beef cuts in the store are ever more expensive, but I am currently looking at selling my calves for the same amount I got in 2009?

      Search “sterling beef profit tracker” for info.

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  9. GB Bari says:

    This is great, but I’m hoping it’s not required too far into the future because the economy is going to, open back up. And the supply chains can get back to normal.

    However one wonders what is being done to create flexibility in the future so this problem does not repeat if a really bad bio attack happens.

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    • livefreeordieguy says:

      which, sadly, it will….

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      • GH says:

        Hi livefree-I too expect more bio attacks.

        I’m surprised a bio attack didn’t happen years ago

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        • livefreeordieguy says:

          As am I, GH… As am I…

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        • FrankieZee says:

          That is why Trump got the Military involved. Look how fast we were able to RAMP up from an empty cupboard like Trump always says. And look how fast our private companies were able to retool and support Trump’s effort to stockpile emergency equipment. Trump must know the we might be attacked again, but look how far ahead we are now.

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    • Maria says:

      Personally, I would like to see this happen. If the food is produced, processed and sold entirely within one state (in other words, nothing crosses state lines) then federal regulations do not apply. If it stays within the county, state regs do not apply. Stays within a township, county regs do not apply.

      Even if your market is entirely local, you still have to follow national level regulations. Same handicap as everyone else, but without the boost of having access to a huge market (a small farm cannot serve locations across the whole nation).

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      • Maria says:

        I meant that the way things are right now, everyone gets the same handicap bu only some people get an advantage to balance that out.

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  10. progpoker says:

    The MAGA version of ‘never let a good crisis go to waste.’

    God Bless Donald J Trump, American President, extraordinaire!!

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  11. Ladyspeaker says:

    Ah darn…piglosi and the DemonRATS are going to be mad!!! There goes the SNAP program skim off the top program…, Can’t say poor families aren’t being fed. Our stable genius lion….

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  12. nimrodman says:

    Radio silence from Sundance for a few hours after this Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue article

    Something big about to drop, I reckon

    … or maybe he’s just taken a break and gone out to fetch some takeout

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  13. WSB says:

    I am starting to see Taller Half have trouble. I am not.

    What to do?

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  14. wodiej says:

    If the US wasn’t in bed with the chinese, none of this would be happening. Greed has come home to roost. I pray there is speedy legislation after November 2020 that bans all trade with China.

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  15. Mike in a Truck says:

    As much as I hate debt…I’d rather see money spent right here in the good ‘ol U.S.A. than give it away to foreign countries. Maybe this is a good time to retrench and pull out of all these foreign entanglements?

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  16. granitej4 says:

    Sounds ominous. I guess they’ve predicted food shortages. Or hopefully it’s for the poorest people only? I shudder at the thought of it getting so bad we have to stand in line to get pre-proportioned food bank items.

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  17. Dwayne Diesel says:

    Or people could go back to work rather than spending more money we don’t have.

    Just let us live our damn lives, run our businesses, and get out of our damn way!!!

    Oh, that returns control to the people…

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  18. Dwayne Diesel says:

    Or people could go back to work rather than spending more money we don’t have.

    Just let us live our damn lives, run our businesses, and get out of our damn way!!!

    Oh, that returns control to the people…

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  19. maxxheadroom777 says:

    So far the Communist Flu has killed 155k of a global population near 8 billion souls. The evil of Death is always tragic but death is a part of the life that the Good LORD has us all living here on this side of Heaven. The other two flu pandemics of the 20th century killed a lot more people, percentage-wise. There was no panic and no shutdown then. Why not? 1957 Asian Flu killed 2 million of 3.3 billion. 1968 Hong Kong Flu killed 4 million of 3.7 billion.
    https://www.infoplease.com/world/population-statistics/total-population-world-decade-1950-2050
    https://www.britannica.com/event/Asian-flu-of-1957

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  20. cja says:

    I’ve often wondered why we can’t recycle egg carton and milk jugs every week at the store where we bought them. I’m not opposed to tapping milk from a large tank into my own jug, btw.

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  21. I read yesterday that milk delivery (the milk man) is making a come back. Unfortunately I can’t link here but you can duck duck go it.

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  22. MDiceman says:

    More disgusting fake news from CNN: During the press conference, Jim Acosta was telling Wolf Blitzer that the farmers need to be bailed out because of Trump’s ongoing trade war with China, not anything to do with the virus.

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  23. Eileen Easterday says:

    Thank you President Trump. As a family farm/ranch in the Midwest we are grateful to you and your Administration We will continue to work hard for our country and are thrilled to keep you in office in November! We will Make America Great Again.

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  24. WSB says:

    One report of Sonny Perdue is that he was trying to reduce the minimum wage requirement for immigrants so that farmers would pay less for out of country workers.

    When I search the internet, I cannot find any back up for this.

    Does anyone have any info that he is attemptiing this?

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    • Kaco says:

      WSB, I just came back to check on my post earlier to you but apparently it didn’t get approval or something because I can’t find it.

      I found some articles under duckduckgo.com but it’s NPR.

      https://www.npr.org/2020/04/10/832076074/white-house-seeks-to-lower-farmworker-pay-to-help-agriculture-industry
      https://www.npr.org/2020/04/13/833010445/to-help-farmers-white-house-wants-to-lower-migrant-wages
      https://www.nwpb.org/2020/04/10/white-house-seeks-to-lower-foreign-guest-farmworker-pay-to-help-u-s-farm-owners/
      Here’s an older story of H2B Visas.
      https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/why-h2b-changes-have-low-wage-maryland-employers/

      I actually do not know about the wages but I was saying Sonny Perdue is pushing for more H2B Visas over here. I was notified by NumbersUSA to go to my action board to fax the WH about it a week or two ago.

      I also know Tucker Carlson had on his program either Thurs or Fri about the H2B Visas and contacted the Dept of Ag which had a response of it being a “challenge”. Tucker wasn’t too pleased about it and said if they paid American wages, they’d get American labor.

      Here is the email NumbersUSA sent me Friday, that Pres Trump put a pause on the H2B Visas.

      “THIS ISSUE: A win last week as Pres. Trump paused the expansion of low-skilled H-2B visas. There’s a lot left to do, and a real opportunity for a new direction.
      FRI, APR 17th
      We are nearly a month into nationwide shutdown due to the coronavirus and we are starting to understand the magnitude of the economic effects. There are at least 22 million more Americans who are out of work, and it’s likely to get worse before it gets better.

      One of our jobs at NumbersUSA is to message effectively –to help get the media to report on important stories and, ultimately, to have policy makers in D.C. put the interests of the American people first and foremost when it comes to immigration.

      Yet, how does an organization message at a time like this without the message sounding trite?

      I keep hearing it said:

      “I’ve never seen anything like this.”

      That’s true, and it’s scary for a lot of us.

      We also keep hearing that we’re going to get through this together, while we’re being told to keep our distance from one another.

      My hope, and I know many of you share this with me, is that this ordeal will propel us out of the partisanship and ideological rigidity that’s predominated for far too long.

      Every single one of those 22 million who have been put out of work are individuals, who deserve our respect, and deserve our support in earning a livelihood.

      Last week, we told you that the Trump Administration paused the expansion of the H-2B, low-skilled guest worker program. That was the right decision, and President Trump deserves credit for making it, although he still hasn’t committed to stopping or slowing giving out the normal number of H-2B and H-1B visas.

      There is going to be a lot of pressure put on the President, and a lot of money spent lobbying Congress, in order to “return to normal.”

      Normal wasn’t working for many Americans, and we can’t get to something better without your help.

      You saw this? Eight out of ten Americans Favor A Pause On Immigration During Coronavirus Pandemic

      That’s a groundswell!

      Let your members of Congress know how you feel.
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      I was reflecting this week on how fortunate I am to be able to work every day for something I truly believe in, and to be able to work with people who are truly committed to the same goal. And humbled by knowing there are millions of you out there who are working with us.

      We are presented with a genuine opportunity to make a real change in direction. We owe it to our fellow Americans, and to our posterity, to pass on the blessing that we have.

      If you need a little pick-me-up, Brooks Robinson always works for me.

      (EDITOR’S NOTE: Eric was a member of the Salisbury, Maryland team that played in the 1985 Junior League World Series and remains loyal to his childhood Orioles heroes.)”

      Immigration is probably my top issue, along with trade, manufacturing, China, and NAFTA, a lot of which is being resolved.

      http://www.numbersusa.com

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    • Kaco says:

      Well, it looks like I can’t talk on here anymore, I tried sending you stuff but look it up on duckduckgo.com, some articles came up. Also tried to copy/paste the Numbersusa email that was sent to me.

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  25. Sherri Young says:

    In East Texas, the demand at the food banks has been so high while some of the usual volunteers have been (rightfully) staying at home that the Texas National Guard has stepped in to help with food distribution.

    Search on “food bank national guard”. National guard units in other parts of Texas and in different states are getting involved and helping out.

    Bless them.

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  26. Sherri Young says:

    One of the best aspects of this end run around SNAP is that this program cuts out processed junk food. Warren Buffett must be seething.

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