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PoliticsPerdue to visit Illinois amid farmer anger at administration

09:25  28 august  2019
09:25  28 august  2019 Source:   msn.com

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WASHINGTON — As President Trump moves to fulfill one of the central promises of his campaign — to get tough on an ascendant China — he faces a potential rebellion from a core constituency: farmers and other agricultural producers who could suffer devastating losses in a trade war.

The Trump administration is coming to the aid of farmers hurt by its own hard-line trade policies, announcing Tuesday that it will make an estimated Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the aid in a call to reporters, saying the programs "are a firm statement that other nations cannot bully

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is set to visit Illinois amid rising tensions between farmers and President Donald Trump's administration.

Perdue to visit Illinois amid farmer anger at administration © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - In this May 23, 2019 file photo, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue laughs with a reporter on the North Lawn of the White House in Washington. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will visit Illinois Wednesday, AUG. 28, 2019, amid rising tensions between farmers and President Donald Trump's administration. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik File)

Perdue's visit on Wednesday begins in Decatur at an Ag Policy Summit hosted by U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, an Illinois Republican. GOP Congressmen John Shimkus, Mike Bost and Darrin LaHood will join them. Perdue is also slated to visit the Farm Progress Show in Decatur and later tour the Melvin Price Locks and Dam Facility in Alton after a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers briefing.

Perdue has sought to assuage farmers' fears of financial problems after China halted purchases of U.S. farm products in an escalating trade war. Also, farmers are angry that the Republican administration ordered increased blending of corn-based ethanol in fuel but then exempted small oil refineries from complying.

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