Farmers in Illinois are getting their second round of payments from the federal government to help alleviate the financial pain caused by the trade war with China. The checks from the Market Facilitation Program are arriving this week for many farmers. Bill Graff, the State Executive Officer with the Farm Service Agency, says they will process almost 70,000 payments this week.
For now farmers have received 75 percent of the total payout of the program. The payment of the final 25 percent would come next year and will have to be approved by the Trump administration.