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As White House plans for $12 billion in emergency aid for farmers, we examine the impact on California

A farm on October 8, 2013 in Holtville, California.
A farm on October 8, 2013 in Holtville, California.
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Many farmers are critical of President Donald Trump's tariffs and the damage done to commodity prices and markets, but they say they are appreciative that he has offered to provide cash to help make up their losses.

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday a $12 billion plan to borrow money from the U.S. Treasury to pay producers of commodities including soybeans, corn and wheat to compensate for losses due to trade disputes. The USDA also will buy surplus supplies of others including milk, fruit, nuts and rice and distribute them to food banks. Perdue says the plan is a short-term solution to give Trump time to negotiate trade deals. Farmers say they'd rather have tariffs ended and trade restarted with China, Mexico, Canada and the European Union.

The imposed tariffs are causing a drop in demand abroad. As a result, growers and processors, particularly in California, are experiencing a price decline for their products. We examine the impact on California.

With files from the Associated Press

With guest host Libby Denkmann


Emily Cadei, D.C. correspondent for the Sacramento Bee; she tweets @emilycadei

Jamie Johansson, president of the private non-profit California Farm Bureau Federation, the largest organization representing California farmers and ranchers