Iowa has taken the second-biggest chunk of President Donald Trump's $12 billion aid package, with Illinois the only state to collect more.

Appanoose County claimed the smallest share of all, according to an analysis by The Associated Press of records provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The payments analyzed are from the first round of tariffs that was announced in August 2018.

Another round that makes $16 billion available was announced in May, but hasn't yet been dispersed.

Data show local farmers received a little more than $1.4 million in payouts from the subsidies aimed to help offset trade market disruption caused by Trump-imposed tariffs.


Most payments in the state floated north, with Sioux County farmers collecting the most in the state at $25.5 million.

Across the country, soybean farmers received the most help by taking about 83 percent of the aid under the Market Facilitation Program.

A cap of $125,000 was set, but no farmers in Appanoose County reached that limit or was paid over. The Associated Press reported more than 3,000 recipients in the country received more than the cap.

Neighboring Wayne County received four times more than Appanoose, with $4.8 million in payments rolling in. Davis County received roughly the same.

Nearly 5,000 farmers in America received less than $10. Five of them were Appanoose County farmers.

Kyle Ocker can be reached at or by calling the newsroom at 641-856-6336. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker.

Kyle Ocker is the editor of the Daily Iowegian and can be reached at or by calling (641) 856-6336. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker



Kyle Ocker is the editor of the Daily Iowegian. Prior to becoming editor, Ocker was a correspondent, sports editor and associate editor at the Daily Iowegian, and was the managing editor of the Knoxville Journal-Express.

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