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This is how the rich get richer, taking advantage of entitlements that should be reserved for poor struggling farmers. The program does not require farms to demonstrate their operations have been damaged by the trade war. Poor and middle class family seeking aid of any kind including welfare must not only demonstrate a need, but the restraints are so narrow that often times they do not qualify although their income is below poverty levels associated with the cost of living in their particular area.

This Oct. 1, 2019 aerial photo shows farm buildings and a farm house surrounded by a crop of corn on a farm owned by the family of West Virginia Governor Jim Justice near Lewisburg, W.Va. Justice Farms of North Carolina raked in tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars under a subsidy program President Donald Trump set up to help farmers hurt by his trade war with China. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A farming business owned by the family of West Virginia’s billionaire governor has received $125,000 in soybean and corn subsidies, the maximum allowed from a federal program meant to help American farmers through the U.S. trade war with China.

There is no evidence Gov. Jim Justice did anything illegal. At least one analyst said the payments to the richest man in West Virginia are unseemly, given his wealth. And the subsidies have thrown the spotlight again on his business empire and the potential conflicts of interest it poses.

Records reviewed by The Associated Press show Justice Farms of North Carolina, owned by the Republican governor’s family, hit the program cap of $125,000 earlier this year and was the biggest recipient of soybean subsidies in West Virginia.

The richest person in the state, Justice owns a complex business empire of coal and agricultural entities that are perennially mired in litigation, often over unpaid bills. The farming company is no different. It is named in a long-running lawsuit that alleges the Justice businesses transferred assets between them in an effort to avoid paying a debt.

The company took in $121,398 in subsidies for soybeans and $3,602 for corn for farms on property it owns in West Virginia, according to records provided to AP under the Freedom of Information Act. Both figures far exceed the program’s median payments: $6,438 for soybeans and $152 for corn.

President Donald Trump’s administration set up the Market Facilitation Program to help offset losses caused by tariffs, basing the payouts on bushels produced. The program does not require farms to demonstrate their operations have been damaged by the trade war.

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