US announces $19 billion COVID-19 aid package to help farmers

President Donald Trump has announced a $19 billion dollar coronavirus relief plan specifically for farmers and ranchers.

In making the announcement on Friday, April 17, the President said that included in the plan will be both direct payments to individuals and a program to purchase food from U.S. farmers and ranchers to be distributed throughout the country through food banks.

"The program will include direct payments to farmers as well as mass purchases of dairy, meat and agricultural produce to get that food to the people in need," Trump said.

In July, the USDA is expected to receive another $14 billion to assist with funding.

"During this time of national crisis, President Trump and USDA are standing with our farmers, ranchers, and all citizens to make sure they are taken care of," said Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue said in a press release .