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What's the background on the tariffs?

The Trump administration has imposed tariffs on $34 billion worth of goods from China. "It's kind of a double hit for the farmers", Badger said.

While China gets all the press for having the largest goods trade surplus with the US, when looking at each country's total global trade in goods and services, Germany edged out China in 2016 as having the largest absolute global trade surplus at a whopping $274 billion, compared to China's $256-billion surplus.

China, the EU, Canada and Mexico have all filed disputes against the United States in the World Trade Organization, which could authorize the retaliation if it decides the tariffs imposed by Washington were unjustified of violated global trade rules.

Milk and dairy prices have dropped 10 percent in the last month, Rotz said. "America's hard-working agricultural producers have been treated unfairly by China's illegal trading practices and have taken a disproportionate hit when it comes illegal retaliatory tariffs".

He has also threatened to slap tariffs on imported cars, trucks and auto parts, potentially targeting imports that past year totalled £254 billion. These steel tariffs have caused the price of steel to jump significantly, which in turn has caused the price of farm equipment to also rise.

"It's encouraging that they're talking about freer trade rather than trade barriers and an escalating tariff war", said Rufus Yerxa, president of the National Foreign Trade Council and a former USA trade official. U.S. stocks and bond yields rose on signs of optimism that a U.S. -EU trade war could be avoided. "President Trump can not fix this self-inflicted crisis with a $12 billion slush fund".

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Khan's camp was increasingly confident, but it still appeared likely to fall short of a clear majority in the National Assembly. For the first time in 2013, a civilian government in Pakistan completed its five-year term.

Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan says the $12 billion relief package is being rolled out into three programs.

On Wednesday Trump accused China of targeting American farmers in a vicious way and using them as leverage to get concessions from him on trade. "All will be Great!" he concluded.

At the Jiahao Flag Co Ltd in Anhui province, women operate sewing machines to hem the edges of "Trump 2020" flags the size of beach towels, while others fold and bundle them for delivery.

The tariffs dovetailed with suggestions from Chinese policy advisers that Beijing make a "precision strike" aimed at agriculture and the Republican heartlands, in the hope of pressuring the president and his party before the midterm elections in November. "The fact that other countries are bad at economics-and harm their own people with tariffs and other protectionist schemes-does not justify our own economic incompetence". He added that, "Tariffs are taxes". "If tariffs punish farmers, the answer is not welfare for farmers - the answer is remove the tariffs".

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) was even more scathing in his response to this move.

"This is a short-term solution to allow President Trump time to work on long-term trade deals to benefit agriculture and the entire US economy", said Sonny Perdue, the secretary of agriculture, in a statement.

American farmers have finally found a government subsidy they don't like.


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