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‘Trade, Not Aid’: U.S. Farmers Give Trump Plan a Cool Reception

  • Growers react to government offer of $12 billion in assistance
  • Package would see direct payments plus purchases of farm goods
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“We, as farmers, don’t want handouts.”

Neal Bredehoeft, a corn and soybean farmer in Missouri, summed up the current sentiment across the Midwest. In interview after interview, farmers delivered essentially the same response to President Donald Trump’s pledge yesterday to provide $12 billion in assistance: It’s nice to know you’re thinking about us, Mr. President, but what we want is a quick return to free trade. It’s “better to get our income from the marketplace than from the government,” Bredehoeft said.