The U.S. government has started to pay off farmers who have been hurt by Donald Trump’s trade wars.
The United States’ Department of Agriculture has stated that it intends to give farmers an initial payment of $4.7 billion. The Department of Agriculture will also buy $1.2 billion of surplus food to make up for the businesses’ economic losses. These actions only make up the first part of a planned $12 billion dollar program which has been designed to help farmers recover from economic conflicts between the U.S. and its former allies.
Many countries have applied tariffs on American goods to retaliate against Trump administration’s tariffs on steel and aluminum. Many of the affected goods were substantial contributors to American farmers’ incomes. Corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, and wheat producers will receive initial compensation. Soybean producers will take over most of the grant, as their product’s value has substantially decreased in the Chinese market.
According to CNN, the government will purchase $559 million of pork, $93 million of apples, $85 million of dairy products, and $85 million of pistachios. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue revealed on Monday that President Trump expected the trade wars to take a toll on the farming industry, and asked him to take necessary measures to prevent any further damage.
“Early on, the president instructed me, as secretary of agriculture, to make sure our farmers did not bear the brunt of unfair retaliatory tariffs.”
However, some farmers have stated that the government’s proposed contributions will still not be enough to help them restabilize their businesses. Many farmers who used to be Trump supporters have stated that the current trade situation is not beneficial for any party involved.
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