USA-Farmers/Subsidy

US farmers hit by tariffs still awaiting 12-bln-dollar aid

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Colorado, USA - Recent (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Various of Marc Arnusch, farmer, in corn field
2. Corn
3. Corn field
4. Various of Arnusch holding corn in hand
5. Vehicle moving past corn field
6. corn field
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Marc Arnusch, farmer (starting with shot 6):
"We've overcome a lot. My community has suffered and looks as poor as it's ever looked, at least in my recollection."
8. Various of Arnusch in office
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Marc Arnusch, farmer:
"I know I speak for a lot of Colorado farmers when I say we'd rather earn our living through the marketplace, than just another handout."
10. Arnusch in office
11. Materials on desk
12. Heavy-duty machine
13. Crossroad
14. People in supermarket
15. Various of vehicle moving past corn field, corn field
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Marc Arnusch, farmer:
"We don't have the ability to pass on our costs to others. We basically, are at the mercy of the market."
17. Aerial shots of corn field
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Zach Riley, national affairs coordinator, Colorado Farm Bureau (starting with shot 15):
"Are we taking a little longer than what I might like, yeah, I would love to have had this trade negotiation done back at the first of the year."
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Marc Arnusch, farmer:
"We can withstand a little bit of market pressure for this year, maybe even for next, but I would say we need to get this done and we need it resolved soon."
20. Various of Arnusch, farm workers
21. Various of corn being threshed

Storyline


U.S. farmers are still waiting for their subsidies worth billions of U.S. dollars that President Donald Trump has promised in emergency relief to help survive the tariffs scuffle.

Marc Arnusch, a farmer growing corn, wheat and barley in Prospect Valley, Colorado, said it has been a rough year for him as his production is down sharply due to bad weather and crop prices are down too, due in part to tariffs.

"We've overcome a lot. My community has suffered and looks as poor as it's ever looked, at least in my recollection," he said.

He and other farmers have been told of a 12 billion dollars federal aid package that is aimed at easing the effects of the current trade disputes.

According to Arnusch, during turbulent times related to tariffs, the government should play less of a role in fighting trade wars, and more on helping farmers.

"I know I speak for a lot of Colorado farmers when I say we'd rather earn our living through the marketplace, than just another handout," he said.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently estimated it would cost U.S. farmers 39 billion dollars, so the Trump administration decided to attribute a 12-billion-dollar package to the agriculture industry, and another 27 billion dollars to compensate other U.S. industries affected during the trade disputes.

The Chamber calls that a slippery and costly slope.

"We don't have the ability to pass on our costs to others. We basically, are at the mercy of the market," Arnusch said.

He and Zach Riley, national affairs coordinator with the Colorado Farm Bureau, said that much more vital than the aid package, is the need for new and updated trade deals with China, Mexico and Canada that reflect farming as it exists today, as there are no winners in the trade war.

"Are we taking a little longer than what I might like, yeah, I would love to have had this trade negotiation done back at the first of the year," said Riley.

"We can withstand a little bit of market pressure for this year, maybe even for next, but I would say we need to get this done and we need it resolved soon," said Arnusch.

As the government has acknowledged, aid payments will not make farmers like Arnusch whole. The money, is going to help keep his operation running as a temporary way, will not solve the issue at all.

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  • ID : 8087643
  • Published : 2018-08-10 14:54
  • Last Modified : 2018-08-11 22:33:20
  • Location : Colorado,United States
  • Category : economy, business and finance
  • Duration : 1'52
  • Audio Language : English/Nats
  • Source : China Global Television Network (CGTN)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
  • Version : 1
  • ID : 8087643
  • Published : 2018-08-10 20:02
  • Last Modified : 2018-08-11 22:33:20
  • Location : الولايات المتحدة
  • Category : economy, business and finance
  • Duration : 1'52
  • Audio Language : الانجليزية/الصوت الطبيعي
  • Source : China Global Television Network (CGTN)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
  • Version : 1
  • ID : 8087643
  • Published : 2018-08-11 22:32
  • Last Modified : 2018-08-11 22:33:21
  • Location : Colorado,Estados Unidos
  • Category : economy, business and finance
  • Duration : 1'52
  • Audio Language : Inglés/Nats
  • Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
  • Restrictions : No acceso a la parte continental de China
  • Version : 1
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