Signal to Noise: Crafting Tariff Aid Without Distorting Markets

May 17, 2019 02:22 PM
Podcast looking at negotiations over the latest tariff aid payment, breaking news on steel tariffs and a growing fight between EPA and Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

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.


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Spell Check

Iowa , IA
5/20/2019 12:19 PM

  I'm a farmer and you are right Keith. Although some aid goes to some that just plain don't want to work. Farmers are hurt by things out of their control mostly.

aug, ME
5/20/2019 08:41 AM

  I have no problem with taxpayer-funded assistance to farmers if truly needed but I hope I never hear a farmer who took/takes any aid ever complain about other social programs provided to individuals by this country.