Farmers Union Vice President Says Farmers Have ‘Pretty Much Lost All Our Markets Since Trump Took Over’
While Kuylen did not vote for Trump, he knows farmers who did and predicts their business interests will conflict with their loyalty to the president. “If it’s between supporting the president or losing your family farm — this is something we’ve had in our family for four generations and I know there’s families with five or six generations on the same farm — if they’re going to lose that, I think they’re going to lose their loyalty very fast.”
The New York Times found widespread dissatisfaction among farmers in attendance at Farmfest in Minnesota in August, where attendees booed Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue after he told telling a joke about how two farmers in a basement are called “a whine cellar.”
The Trump administration has tried to mitigate some of the damage with a $16 billion direct aid package to farmers, complete with $14.5 billion going to cash payments and $1.4 billion in bulk purchases by the government. However, a review by the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy organization best known for promoting organic foods, found that more than half of payments made to U.S. farmers went disproportionately to the largest farms, with the top one percent receiving an average of more than $180,000, while 80 percent of subsidized farms were given less than $5,000.
Guess who benefits from the loss of farms? Trump’s billionaire pals, who get to buy up farmland cheap after they lose their land.
This is a huge con job, to get cheap farm land for nothing, and get rid of the farmers who are refusing to sell to billionaires who only care about short term profit, and nothing else.
There is a blood bath coming.. Count on it. Con men like Trump don’t care.