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USDA Assistance for Farmers Affected by Trade Disruptions and Tariffs

Monday, September 14, 2020

Last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its plans to assist farmers directly affected by trade disruptions and tariffs. These disruptions affected a variety of agricultural products, such as soy and pork. Since announcing its plans, USDA has distributed about 14.5 billion dollars in payments to farmers under the 2019 Market Facilitations Program. We talk with Steve Morris, an expert on federal agricultural programs and a director in our Natural Resources and Environment Team about these payments.