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Trump Still in ‘Throes’ of Working on Farm Aid, Perdue Says

  • Package likely to repeat direct crop payments similar to 2018
  • Agriculture secretary hints aid could rise above $15 billion
Operations At A Strawberry Harvest
Photographer: Eve Edelheit/Bloomberg
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The Trump administration is still in the “throes” of assembling the president’s promised agriculture aid package for an industry hurt in the trade war with China, but it will probably include direct payments to farmers similar to those in last year’s trade assistance.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue suggested Wednesday that the aid package might grow beyond the $15 billion President Donald Trump announced Friday as he escalated the trade war by increasing tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese products and threatening additional tariffs.