USDA Undersecretary Northey

  • US Dept of Agriculture is 'going to find ways to attempt to hold harmless the agriculture sector' from trade conflict with China
  • Northey says 'there's a lot of different options out there' to protect US farmers from trade dispute
  • Northey says USDA needs to 'see the reaction of what tariffs will be and what the reaction of markets are'

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"US Dept of Agriculture is 'going to find ways to attempt to hold harmless the agriculture sector' from trade conflict with China"

What a convoluted sentence.

But in this way Northey is expressing eloquently the near impossibility of the task ahead for him and his department - US agriculture is going to be a massive loser from this war (so are taxpayers once farmers get government support). China is proposing hitting where it hurts - soybeans being a big target. Brazil should benefit.