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Trump's $16 Billion Farmer Trade Aid Package Leaves Few Happy

  • Farmers left with ‘swelling grain stores and empty pockets’
  • Agricultural groups press for resumption of trade, not aid
Corn Planting As More May Storms To Slow Seeding, Growth
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President Donald Trump’s new $16 billion aid package for farmers raises the federal government’s bill for the trade-war but isn’t easing anyone’s concerns about damage to the U.S. economy.

Farmers would prefer a resumption of normal trade over government handouts. Several farm-state lawmakers say the payments are too meager. And the money risks distorting agriculture markets.