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Federal Aid Mostly Goes to Bigger Farms

As federal aid to the U.S. Farm Belt surges, a fraction of farmers are reaping a big portion of the government largess.
The Trump administration is expected to pay farmers more than $37 billion this year, a historic sum largely intended to help those hit by trade wars and the coronavirus pandemic. Of the first nearly $5 billion paid out under a pandemic-relief program, just over 1% of recipients received at least one-quarter of the funds, or $1.2 billion, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of federal data.
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