USDA McLean County's USDA Trade Relief Payments Climb To $68 Million By Ryan Denham • Mar 20, 2020 John O'Connor / AP McLean County farmers and landowners have been sent over $68 million in USDA trade relief payments so far—and one ag industry watcher says more may be on the way. USDA's Trade Aid Payments Raise Questions About Fairness, Transparency By Ryan Denham • Nov 21, 2019 Ryan Denham / WGLT Illinois’ two senators are calling on the USDA to rework its massive trade aid program to fix what they see as inequities and a lack of transparency into how payments are doled out. $33 Million And Counting: Trade Payments Buy Patience From McLean County Farmers By Ryan Denham • Sep 3, 2019 Ryan Denham / WGLT This is the first in a four-part series about how the USDA’s trade relief payments are playing out in Central Illinois. It was produced by WGLT and WCBU. Illinois Farm Bureau Slams Trump Budget Cuts By Eric Stock & Associated Press • Mar 11, 2019 Jacquelyn Martin / AP Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert said President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget would have a devastating effect on farmers.