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Top Farm-State Lawmakers Skeptical of Trump Making Farmers Whole

(Alan Bjerga – Bloomberg)

Leading lawmakers on congressional agriculture committees said Tuesday they’re skeptical that the White House can fix any economic harm for farmers arising from a trade dispute with China by giving them temporary aid through the Agriculture Department.

“We don’t need another subsidy program, we need to sell our product,” Republican Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said at a meeting of agricultural reporters in Washington. “If we do that, we don’t need some sort of crazy-quilt program.”

President Donald Trump promised U.S. farmers on Monday they will emerge better – even though Beijing has threatened to impose tariffs targeting U.S. agricultural products – in part by directing the Agriculture Department to find ways to shore up finances that could be harmed by lower exports. Click here to read more.