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The federal government has paid Idaho farms and dairies $24 million, under a special program meant to help them survive the Trump administration’s trade war.
Countries like China and Mexico retaliated against the administration’s tariffs by placing their own tariffs on U.S. agricultural exports. As a result, some Idaho farmers and dairies lost thousands of dollars a day, industry leaders said.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture rolled out a “trade mitigation” program to ease the pain, sending checks to farmers who suffered from retaliatory tariffs. The program includes dairy, wheat, cherries and other products. The first round of payments went out in 2018.
The Associated Press obtained data on payouts from that program, and the data was provided to the Idaho Statesman.
The USDA says an additional $16 billion will be distributed to U.S. farmers this year.