President Donald Trump’s impact on farmers will likely take over a decade to recover from, said National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson during a Thursday interview.
“When you look at the stuff gone on with trade and China and the offensive remarks that he’s made about leaders around the world, that has hurt our markets,” Johnson explained. “When you add on what’s happened with ethanol, with, sort of, these gifts to big oil the president has made to the EPA waivers that were just talked about, that helps destroy the markets. So, net farm income is half of what it was six years ago. There’s a lot of financial strain in farm country. In all, these things combined, just create[s] a lot of economic anxiety in agriculture.”
The comments came after a report about corn farmers losing a lot of income because Trump wants to kill biofuels. His EPA gave 31 oil companies waivers from being forced to comply with U.S. Renewable Fuel Standards. To ease complaints with farmers about Trump’s ethanol pledge in 2016, the president said he’s going to create another massive bailout.
“The Farmers are going to be so happy when they see what we are doing for Ethanol, not even including the E-15, year around, which is already done,” Trump said on Twitter. “It will be a giant package, get ready! At the same time I was able to save the small refineries from certain closing. Great for all!”
Trump spoke on Fox News Radio Thursday morning, saying that he’s given farmers billions to support them during his trade war. The reality, however, is that the majority of the bailout funds were given to large corporate farms and not family farms.
“So these are the so-called market facilitation payments that were announced a year ago and then earlier this year to make up for the damage that’s happened as a result of the trade turmoil,” Johnson explained about the bailouts. “They are far from sufficient to make up for the loss and net farm income. Net farm income’s (sic) been down in the area of $600 billion. So, these payments, $12 billion, $16 billion, they’re needed, yes, they’re important. But they are not going to make up for the damage and this damage is long-term. It’s going to be decades literally before we get some of these markets back, if ever.”
Johnson also said that Trump’s bailouts were clearly made with politics in mind.
“My guess is we’ll see another one next year,” he said.
In 2018, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue confessed that Trump’s bailouts likely wouldn’t help farmers enough.
“Obviously this is not going to make farmers whole,” Perdue said of the payments. “We expect the checks to go out in late September or October. As soon as they prove their yields,” Perdue said. “They will be based on actual production, not historical averages.”
Watch the full interview with Johnson below:
Marine One buzzes the crowd as Trump holds rally at the nation’s largest retirement community
Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" played in the background as Marine One hovered over the crowd at The Villages in Florida before landing at the first of two rallies for President Donald J. Trump Friday afternoon.
As CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller wrote, it's Trump's "51st visit to Florida, his most frequent destination, and his 5th rally" in the state this year.
Watch the video below.
The vague rumors about Biden’s corruption are not meant to be comprehensible ‘outside the right-wing-media universe’: op-ed
When it comes to the pro-Trump camp's latest attempts to paint Joe Biden and his son Hunter as self-dealing actors intent on enriching each other by using their famous last name, those who live in the Fox News bubble won't feel a need to investigate the story for themselves. According to Anne Applebaum writing for The Atlantic, getting to the bottom of the story is besides the point.
Applebaum writes that disseminators of the Biden corruption narrative are "creating a miasma, an atmosphere, a foggy world in which misdeeds might have taken place, and in which corruption might have happened. They are also providing the raw material from which more elaborate stories can be constructed."
‘Republicans have lost their collective minds’: Congressman’s ‘premonition’ tweet widely ridiculed online
Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) on Friday discussed a dream his fourth wife had.
"My wife has the gift of premonition," Higgins claimed, on Twitter.
"Last night she dreamed that Federal squads were in our home seizing guns, knives, 'unauthorized foods' and stored water," Higgins continued. "They said we had been 'reported.'"
"Becca awoke crying. 'What happened to our freedom?' she asked. What indeed," he added.
My wife has the gift of premonition. Last night she dreamed that Federal squads were in our home seizing guns, knives, “unauthorized foods” and stored water. They said we had been “reported”. Becca awoke crying. What happened to our freedom? She asked. What indeed.