Jack Maloney poses in front of the grain bins on his Little Ireland Farms in Brownsburg, Ind., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Maloney, who farms about 2,000 acres in Hendricks Count, said the aid for farmers is "a nice gesture" but what farmers really want is free trade, not government handouts. American farmers will soon begin getting checks from the government as part of a billion-dollar bailout to help those experiencing financial strain from President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

As aid checks go out, farmers worry bailout won't be enough

September 23, 2018 - 8:28 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Farmers across the United States will soon begin receiving checks from the federal government as part of a billion-dollar bailout to help those experiencing financial strain from President Donald Trump's trade disputes with China.

But even farmers poised for big payouts worry it won't be enough.

And while support for Trump is near unwavering in the heartland, some growers say disappointing aid outcomes could potentially affect their vote in the November election.

The Trump administration is providing up to $12 billion in emergency relief for American farmers, with roughly half of that total sent out in the initial round. The three-pronged plan includes $4.7 million in payments to corn, cotton, soybean, dairy, pork and sorghum farmers.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says soybean growers will get the largest checks.

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