Who benefits from US farm subsidies

Billions in aid for US farmers

US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said the subsidies should total up to twelve billion dollars (10.3 billion euros). The aid should therefore go to soy farmers, among other things, who are affected by increased Chinese import tariffs.

The subsidies were intended to offset damage caused by "illegal retaliatory tariffs," the minister said. Those farmers who are affected by increased tariffs on their export goods in the wake of the trade conflicts led by US President Donald Trump will either receive direct subsidies or be able to sell their surplus goods to the government, according to Perdue. In addition to soy farmers, producers of milk products, nuts, fruit, rice, pork and sorghum millet should also benefit from the new state aid.

He can announce the windfall: US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

The Washington Post had reported in advance of the decision that the aid measures should run through the Ministry of Agriculture - in the form of direct aid, a program for the purchase and distribution of food and a trade promotion program.

The information service "Politico" writes that the emergency aid is intended to ensure that American farmers do not have to bear the brunt of the escalating trade conflicts between the US and China, the EU and other important trading partners. Trump had imposed tariffs on imports from key trading partners, who in turn responded with import duties on food from the United States. Farmers are a major supporter of Trump and the Republican Party in the United States.

Trump adamant

One day before EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's visit to Washington, scheduled for Wednesday, Trump threatened the Europeans with further import tariffs. “Tariffs are the biggest thing,” tweeted the president. Other countries would have a choice, he wrote. You could get a fair deal with the US or live with the taxes. Trump is bothered by his country's huge trade deficits - including with China and Europe.

kle / wa (afp, ap, dpa, rtr)