Farmers have mixed reactions to Trump's farm aid

A grain salesman shows locally grown soybeans in Ohio

A grain salesman shows locally grown soybeans in Ohio

Trump said the United States and European Union will set up an executive working group to work on trade and assess existing tariffs "to the betterment of both".

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker probably hopes President Donald Trump hasn't pored over the International Monetary Fund's latest study on global imbalances and trade ahead of their Washington, D.C. gathering today.

"This is obviously a short-term solution that will give President Trump time to work on a long-term trade policy and deal to benefit agriculture as well as all sectors of the American economy", Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said during a call with reporters.

"Instead of throwing money at a problem we've helped create, the better option is ... to make it easier for our farmers to sell their goods at fair prices", Johnson said.

Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, said the $12 billion package provides a welcome measure of temporary relief, but added they can not overstate the dire consequences that farmers and ranchers are facing with lost export markets. Soybean prices were already falling, dropping 19 percent since early May to a 10-year low and corn is down more than 15 percent.

For example, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, a member of Trump's Republican Party, plans to dispatch his economic development director, Mike Preston, to China before the end of this year.

Watne prefers better crop subsidies and other revenue-loss protections in the massive federal farm bill that's being hammered out in a House-Senate conference committee to guard against retaliatory tariffs on USA agriculture exports. "I will never stop fighting for Iowa families affected by this trade war." . He has also singled out the European Union as a "foe" of the USA because of its trade surplus. "While there is plenty of disagreement, nobody, be they farmer, rancher, fiscal conservative, wants the federal government to replace trade with aid".

While the U.S. claims the retaliation is "illegal", the Trump administration recognised that it is doing damage to American farmers.

Canada, Mexico and China - the main target of Trump's trade offensive - have also hit back with steep duties on United States goods, and have filed complaints against Washington at the World Trade Organization. "End result is, it's going to cost the consumer more". In another tweet, Trump claimed that "Negotiations are going really well, be cool".

The president traveled to Kansas City, Missouri, on Tuesday to speak with veterans and to address a fundraiser.

USA farmers are expected to grow 14.2 billion bushels of corn this year and 4.3 billion bushels of soybeans, down some from last year but still huge crops. The USDA said it planned to roll out some of those details around Labor Day and the program would begin to make payouts after the fall harvest.

That figure apparently refers to the U.S. trade deficit in goods alone last year, which hit $810 billion last year, while the total deficit including services was $566 billion.

Former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin said the emergency aid for farmers would likely be considered Trump's first taxpayer funded bailout of private entities, an unusual occurrance during a strong economy.

Kasich says that will only compound tariff damage. China made $517 Billion on us past year, ' the president added.

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