USDA officials are saying the plan to deliver $12 billion in assistance to farmers is seen as a “one-time program” to buy time for the Trump Administration to compete new trade deals. The reaction varies across farm country. National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Skunes, who farms at Arthur, North Dakota, said the relief package won’t make farmers whole, but appreciate the Administration’s recognition of the problem. Minnesota Farm Bureau President Paap said this plan is an acknowledgement by the administration that the current trade war is hurting U.S. farmers and ranchers. In a statement, North Dakota Farmers Union President Mark Watne welcomed this emergency assistance, but emphasized it will never replace good market prices.
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