U.S. Rep. Ron Kind on Jan. 14 criticized U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for using taxpayer dollars to buy $5 million in pork products from a Brazilian-owned company.
The pork was purchased using funds dedicated to the farm bailout program, which was created to help American farmers hurt by President Trump’s trade war, according to a news release from Kind’s office.
Kind also called on Perdue to provide a comprehensive list of all foreign-owned companies that have received money from the bailout program, and to take action to ensure these programs are targeted to Wisconsin’s family farms.
“By sending a $5 million check to Brazilian pork producers, the USDA is rubbing salt in the wound for the thousands of Wisconsin family farmers caught up in the president’s trade war,” Kind said.
In November 2018, the USDA awarded Smithfield Foods, a Chinese-owned company, $240,000 in payments from funds intended to be used for the trade war bailout program. Smithfield Foods later rescinded the bid after public backlash.