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USDA delays deadline for farmer aid to offset tariff losses

Loss of service during federal shutdown prompts extension

 

January 9, 2019



By SCOTT McFETRIDGE

Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers already reeling from low prices and uncertainty amid the nation's trade dispute with China are welcoming a decision to extend a deadline for federal aid because of the partial government shutdown.

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue on Tuesday announced the Agriculture Department would extend a Jan. 15 deadline for farmers to apply for payments to offset losses they had incurred due to the trade dispute, which led to new tariffs that lessened demand and lowered crop prices. About $9.5 billion in direct payments have...



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