Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture

Bloomberg Turns to U.S. Farmers for Insights on Trade Challenges as $16 Billion in Aid Unveiled

News / In The News July 29, 2019

Bloomberg quoted AFBF President Zippy Duvall in an article about the recent announcement of $16 billion in federal aid for agriculture. This latest round of aid follows a $12 billion package announced last year.

“America’s farmers ultimately want trade more than aid,” Duvall told Bloomberg. “It is critically important to restore agricultural markets and mutually beneficial relationships with our trading partners around the world."

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