Federal payments to farmers are projected to hit a record $46 billion this year as the White Housefunnels money
to Trump’s rural base in the South and Midwest ahead of Election Day," Alan Rappeportreports
for The New York Times. "The gush of funds has accelerated in recent weeks as the president looks to help his core supporters who have been
Farmers had already been receiving large amounts of government aid. For the past two years in a row, direct federal aid has been the single largest source of income for farmers, accounting for nearly a quarter of farm income, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.