Illinois Farmers React to Trump’s Subsidies Amid Trade Dispute
The Trump administration unveiled a three-part, $12 billion plan to ease the impact of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. farmers Tuesday. The plan -- which includes a mix of purchases, payments and trade promotion efforts -- aims to ensure that farmers don’t bear the brunt of growing trade disputes. The tariffs against the U.S. came after U.S. officials levied tariffs in places like China and Canada. The tariffs have left many farmers and ranchers deeply concerned about their financial futures, yet some economists say the aggressive approach will benefit farmers in the long-run. We’ll talk with Sean Arians, a farmer in Woodford County, Illinois, who has served in leadership roles for the Illinois Farm Bureau.