You can hardly blame California’s farmers, growers and vintners for feeling like pawns in President Donald Trump’s reckless and self-destructive trade war.
His tit-for-tat tariffs with China are already hurting agriculture in the Central Valley and across the state, and the pain is only going to get worse.
Adding insult to injury, in Trump’s tariff relief for farmers, California is getting the short end of the stick. Starting in September, the $12 billion package will give cash to the producers of commodities such as corn, cotton, pork, soybeans and wheat – all grown in red states. But big-money crops from deep-blue California? Fruits, nuts, vegetables and wine will apparently only be eligible for federal government purchases of surplus produce.
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