U.S. Corn Growers Press Trump for Better China Trade Aid Treatment

May 15, 2019 12:06 PM
U.S. corn growers are pressing President Donald Trump for better treatment in his $15 billion China trade aid plan.

(Bloomberg) -- U.S. corn growers are pressing President Donald Trump for better treatment in his $15 billion China trade aid plan, arguing they were short changed in the administration’s $12 billion assistance package last year.

The National Corn Growers Association sent out a call to action urging farmers to tell Trump that the 1 cent-per-bushel payment that growers received under the prior market facilitation payments wasn’t enough. The campaign is being promoted with the hashtag #apennywontcutit.

“A penny didn’t cut it then and won’t cut it now,” the trade group said in a notice to members posted on its website. The trade war, bad weather and waivers the administration is issuing oil refiners on ethanol standards “have all created a perfect storm for agriculture.”

American farmers are struggling to keep afloat as the tariff spat that started a year ago curbed soybean exports to top buyer China, sending prices tumbling and hurting grower incomes. As of Monday, the federal government had made $8.52 billion in market facilitation payments to farmers under the prior trade assistance program.

On Friday, Trump announced in tandem with new tariffs on China an ill-defined plan to boost purchases of domestic farm products for humanitarian aid in an effort to offset lost demand from the Asian nation. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said he is working on a plan and will submit it to the president within “a few days to a couple of weeks.”


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Spell Check

Anywhere , TX
5/16/2019 06:31 AM

  Hey Kevin, I suppose if the farmer sells his land you are one of the ones that will just buy it at the store, dumbass !

Hutchinson, MN
5/15/2019 05:52 PM

  Farmers could sell their land. I would like to buy land but cannot afford it at current prices. Seems like doing tarif relief is keeping and equipment prices artificially high. Hopefully the trade deal will get made and it will be good for both countries.


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