Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue acknowledges farmers would rather have trade than aid. “Without the trade, farmers will need support from a profitability standpoint. We honestly and sincerely know and believe it is a food security issue, which leads to a national security issue,” said Perdue. “Our team at USDA reflected on what worked well last year and what we could have done better when we ran last year’s program. We redesigned this program to help farmers in the longer-term.” Perdue said one goal in this new round of trade assistance is to have farmers produce the way they would without the aid. “We don’t want to skew planting intentions.”
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