U.S. farm aid should not benefit foreign companies: Democratic senators

Reuters | May 31, 2019

Nine Democratic senators urged the Trump administration to ensure an aid package meant to compensate U.S. farmers for losses stemming from the U.S.-China trade war does not end up in the hands of foreign companies. In a letter addressed to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, the senators said a commodity purchasing program that was part of a $12 billion aid package last year included contracts with Smithfield Foods, a subsidiary of China’s WH Group, and JBS USA, owned by Brazil’s JBS SA. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a new $16 billion farm aid package last week, including $1.4 billion in food purchases.

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With the introduction of cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), and other emerging technologies, the federal government’s digital footprint is growing at an exponential rate.

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With the introduction of cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), and other emerging technologies, the federal government’s digital footprint is growing at an exponential rate.

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Nokia Picked for U.S. Federal 5G Cybersecurity Project

Nokia | January 15, 2021

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Scale Computing | September 22, 2021

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