By Paul Schmitt
At least two local farmers would like the federal government to focus on improving trade relations with other countries rather than issuing additional aid. According to the USA Today, The Trump administration announced a $12 billion package of agricultural assistance to farmers and ranchers on Tuesday. Rich Olson of Olson Family Farm says he prefers a focus on the tariffs that is hindering trade.
Jim Wautier of Church-Site Farms in Brussels says federal aid is just a temporary fix.
The United States Department of Agriculture will send payments to producers of dairy, hog and certain crops. Commodity surpluses of fruits, nuts, rice, beef and pork will be purchased and distributed to food banks and nutrition programs.