$5M from farm bailout will go to Brazilian-owned meatpacking company: report

Roughly $5 million from the farm bailout program administered by the Trump administration will reportedly go to a Brazilian-owned Meatpacking firm.

The Washington Post reports that JBS USA has roughly 73,000 employees and 44 plants in the country, but is owned by JBS S.A., which is headquartered in Sao Paulo.

As part of the farm bailout package, JBS will be selling about $5 million worth of its pork products back to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), according to records published by the Agriculture Marketing Service, a part of the USDA.

{mosads}The company is using a provision included in the farm bill that says the government will buy surplus products from farmers in an attempt to offset the financial impact felt from President Trump’s trade war. It is estimated that the government will buy $1.2 billion in surplus products, with more than $500 million of it coming from pork producers.

The Trump administration last year approved a $12 billion aid package aimed at offsetting the losses farmers suffered due to tariffs incurred through ongoing trade disputes with other countries.

Much of the farm aid program, which was signed last month, consists of doling out direct payments to farmers.

The USDA told the Post in a statement that it “only buys American commodities, produced on American farms by American farmers.”

“Approved vendors who choose to participate in USDA food purchasing programs, regardless of their business structure or domicile, provide direct benefits to U.S. farmers and ranchers,” a USDA spokesperson said.

The USDA did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

In November, a Chinese-owned pork producer withdrew its request for funds after receiving pushback in Washington, according to the Post.

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