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Posted by: thepinetree on 05/23/2019 10:44 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 05/23/2019 10:44 AM
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USDA Announces Support for Farmers Impacted by Retaliation and Trade Disruption

Washington, D.C....U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation and trade disruption. President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a relief strategy to support American agricultural producers while the Administration continues to work on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals to open more markets in the long run to help American farmers compete globally. Specifically, the President has authorized USDA to provide up to $16 billion in programs, which is in line with the estimated impacts of unjustified retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods and other trade disruptions. These programs will assist agricultural producers while President Trump works to address long-standing market access barriers.

“China hasn’t played by the rules for a long time and President Trump is standing up to them, sending the clear message that the United States will no longer tolerate their unfair trade practices, which include non-tariff trade barriers and the theft of intellectual property. President Trump has great affection for America’s farmers and ranchers, and he knows they are bearing the brunt of these trade disputes. In fact, I’ve never known of a president that has been more concerned or interested in farmer wellbeing and long-term profitability than President Trump,” said Secretary Perdue. “The plan we are announcing today ensures farmers do not bear the brunt of unfair retaliatory tariffs imposed by China and other trading partners. Our team at USDA reflected on what worked well and gathered feedback on last year’s program to make this one even stronger and more effective for farmers. Our farmers work hard, are the most productive in the world, and we aim to match their enthusiasm and patriotism as we support them.”

American farmers have dealt with unjustified retaliatory tariffs and years of non-tariff trade disruptions, which have curtailed U.S. exports to China. Trade damages from such retaliation and market distortions have impacted a host of U.S. commodities, including crops like soybeans, corn, wheat, cotton, rice, and sorghum; livestock products like milk and pork; and many fruits, nuts, and other crops. High tariffs disrupt normal marketing patterns, raising costs by forcing commodities to find new markets. Additionally, American goods shipped to China have been slowed from reaching market by unusually strict or cumbersome entry procedures, which affect the quality and marketability of perishable crops. These boost marketing costs and unfairly affect our producers. USDA will use the following programs to assist farmers:

Market Facilitation Program (MFP) for 2019, authorized under the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter Act and administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), will provide $14.5 billion in direct payments to producers.
Producers of alfalfa hay, barley, canola, corn, crambe, dry peas, extra-long staple cotton, flaxseed, lentils, long grain and medium grain rice, mustard seed, dried beans, oats, peanuts, rapeseed, safflower, sesame seed, small and large chickpeas, sorghum, soybeans, sunflower seed, temperate japonica rice, upland cotton, and wheat will receive a payment based on a single county rate multiplied by a farm’s total plantings to those crops in aggregate in 2019. Those per acre payments are not dependent on which of those crops are planted in 2019, and therefore will not distort planting decisions. Moreover, total payment-eligible plantings cannot exceed total 2018 plantings.

Dairy producers will receive a per hundredweight payment on production history and hog producers will receive a payment based on hog and pig inventory for a later-specified time frame.

Tree nut producers, fresh sweet cherry producers, cranberry producers, and fresh grape producers will receive a payment based on 2019 acres of production.

These payments will help farmers to absorb some of the additional costs of managing disrupted markets, to deal with surplus commodities, and to expand and develop new markets at home and abroad.

Payments will be made in up to three tranches, with the second and third tranches evaluated as market conditions and trade opportunities dictate. The first tranche will begin in late July/early August as soon as practical after Farm Service Agency crop reporting is completed by July 15th. If conditions warrant, the second and third tranches will be made in November and early January.

Additionally, CCC Charter Act authority will be used to implement a $1.4 billion Food Purchase and Distribution Program (FPDP) through the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to purchase surplus commodities affected by trade retaliation such as fruits, vegetables, some processed foods, beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and milk for distribution by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to food banks, schools, and other outlets serving low-income individuals.
Finally, the CCC will use its Charter Act authority for $100 million to be issued through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) administered by the Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) to assist in developing new export markets on behalf of producers.

Further details regarding eligibility and payment rates will be released at a later date.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-05-23 11:29:15   By: Anonymous
So we all get to pay while Trump continues his war of egos. Gosh forbid he might lose some of his now disgruntled voting base.

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    Posted on: 2019-05-23 11:55:03   By: Anonymous

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      Posted on: 2019-05-23 13:44:31   By: Anonymous
      Oh, I’d say Trump is doing a fine job of doing that to you and me all by his lonesome. Lowest treasury note interest in a long time while people try to figure out where else to put it their former stock market money.

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    Posted on: 2019-05-23 13:41:24   By: Anonymous
    Agreed. This week we watched him storm out of a bipartisan meeting like a little kid because he isn’t going to get all the dollars for “his” infrastructure. The POTUS is in need of an intervention.

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      Posted on: 2019-05-23 14:55:26   By: Anonymous
      Classic rottenness from him, as always. To hell with everyone else affected by the trade war, just get your votes back by appeasing the framers. Classic rottenness.

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      Posted on: 2019-05-23 16:57:55   By: Anonymous
      WE what do you have a mouse in your pocket?

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-05-23 15:35:42   By: Anonymous
Hey, rural, farming Trump voters - WELCOME TO SOCIALISM. Take your handout.

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    Posted on: 2019-05-23 15:57:03   By: Anonymous
    Does it include our local pot farmers?

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    One Two Punch
    Posted on: 2019-05-23 15:57:22   By: Anonymous
    So tRump kills the market in China for the farmers main mid west crops- soybeans and corn. The farmers are now going bankrupt- record bankruptcies.
    Now the weather has reduced plantings of beans and corn , and yields due to late planting if farmers can even plant.

    Now tRump is trying to pay off the long term victims of his misguided tariff ego trip. The loss of markets in China will decimate the mid west economies of many states for many years. This will be tRump's legacy , long after he is gone. Once long term export business has ended , the establishment of new business is very difficult to reestablish.

    Another example of tRump's incompetence.

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      Re: One Two Punch /\/\ rain etc
      Posted on: 2019-05-24 12:00:02   By: Anonymous
      Well you know what? S**t happens like freak rainstorms etc. We cannot control Mother Nature- no one can! So don't go blaming Trump on that one! And for the subject of pot farmers-I don't think he cares much for them. Also our POTUS should push for a bunch of these young so called gang bangers to fight overseas-get the aggression and all their animosities out of their systems. Maybe it'll do them some good and they will really learn about LIFE and change their ways when they come back!

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        Re: One Two Punch /\/\ rain etc
        Posted on: 2019-05-25 13:14:08   By: Anonymous
        Tariffs have nothing to do with mother nature moron. Other countries don't want our product due to high prices so they get it elsewhere. What does mother nature have to do with stock piles of soy beans and no demand? And now having us tax payers give farmers handouts when these particular s h it kickers voters for him? Let them suffer, it's called karma. Make farmers great again with government handouts.

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          Re: One Two Punch /\/\ rain etc /\/\ tariffs-moron
          Posted on: 2019-05-30 21:28:37   By: Anonymous
          freedom of speech!

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