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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 07/25/18

The head of North Dakota's biggest agriculture group says the Trump administration's $12 billion plan to help farmers hurt by retaliatory tariffs will do little to tamp down anxiety over ongoing trade disputes....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The head of North Dakota's biggest agriculture group says the Trump administration's $12 billion plan to help farmers hurt by retaliatory tariffs will do little to tamp down anxiety over ongoing trade disputes.
 
     North Dakota Farmers Union President Mark Watne says the program is an acknowledgement by the president of the "huge impact" the trade war is having on farmers. Watne says the temporary aid is a start in addressing the problem but a long-term solution is needed.
 
     U.S. Durum Growers Association President Mark Martinson of Rolla says the money won't go far. But he says he supports Trump's attempt to level the trade playing field with other countries. Martinson believes "Pandora's box has been opened" when it comes to the trade war and farmers must "ride this out."

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says the Trump administration's $12 billion plan to help farmers hurt by retaliatory tariffs comes at a huge price to taxpayers. Heitkamp says in a statement that the program's "enormous price tag still barely compensates for the losses to farmers and ranchers." She says the trade war has caused lost markets that will be difficult to re-establish.
 
     Heitkamp says she has introduced a bipartisan bill that will help provide assistance to farmers at no extra cost. But she says the only long-term solution is for the Trump administration to "give up this misguided trade war."
 
     Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer is challenging Heitkamp in November. Cramer says he is sad that China continues to act in bad faith and necessitates "these extraordinary measures."

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     WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says the United States and the European Union have agreed to work toward "zero tariffs" and "zero subsidies" on non-automobile goods. Trump also says the EU has also agreed to buy "a lot of soybeans" and increase its imports of liquefied natural gas from the U.S. Trump says the EU will become a "massive buyer" of LNG to help diversify their energy supply.
 
     The president announced the agreements at the White House on Wednesday following meetings with European officials prompted by Trump's trade dispute with the EU. He declared it a "very big day for free and fair trade."
 
      House Speaker Paul Ryan is welcoming President Trump's announcement. Ryan's spokeswoman said that the speaker is "encouraged by this progress with our European allies and hopes to see more."
 
     Other Republicans also welcomed the development amid months of growing unrest in Congress about the administration's trade policies.
 
     Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley called the announcement "probably the only positive statement we've had that some progress has been made."
 
     And fellow Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst welcomed word that the European Union would buy more U.S. soybeans.
 
     She tweeted: "Soybeans are a big deal in (hash)Iowa." She also thanked Trump for "working toward a win for U.S."
 

 

 

   (Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

 

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