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Signal to Noise: Crafting Tariff Aid Without Distorting Markets

14:22PM May 17, 2019

DC Signal to Noise( Farm Journal )

USDA has to walk a fine line with a new tariff aid plan currently being formulated according to Pro Farmer's policy analyst Jim Wiesmeyer. The now $20 billion package needs to lift up farmers beleaguered by the trade war with China while not prompting distorting changes in planting decisions. 

In this week's DC Signal to Noise Podcast, Wiesemeyer and Farm Journal news director John Herath offer the latest on the tariff aid talks including indications the 2019 version could be based on historical, rather than actual, production. And that could lead to payments before the 2019 harvest.