The top five commodities that received aid were soybeans, corn, wheat, cotton and sorghum while the top five states receiving the payments were Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Indiana, the USDA spokesman said. | File photo

U.S. farmers receive $8.52 billion in aid to date, USDA says

WASHINGTON, May 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has to date paid out $8.52 billion (CDN$11.44 billion) in direct payments to American farmers as part of the 2018 aid program, designed to offset losses from trade tariffs by China and other trading partners, a spokesman for the agency said. U.S. President Donald Trump […] Read more

Feds to matchfunds raised for West Africa

In the face of a growing humanitarian crisis in a large swath of West African countries, the Canadian government says it will match aid funds raised privately until Sept. 30. The government commitment, announced Aug. 7, supplements $47.5 million in assistance already pledged by Ottawa. The new commitment could add tens of millions of dollars […] Read more