Tuesday the Trump administration launched its $12 billion dollar plan to assist farmers affected by the trade war.
 
The plan has three programs, one to pay struggling farmers, one to purchase the surplus of products from farmers and redistribute them to nutritional services, and one to try and identify new trade partners around the world.
 
"The president instructed me as secretary of agriculture to make sure that our farmers did not bear the brunt of unfair, retaliatory tariffs," said Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. 

For Idaho, the American Farm Bureau Federation forecasts a $15 million dollar pay of relief to the state's dairy., wheat, and corn farmers.
 
For the Idaho Dairymen's Association, the $8.6 million dollar projection isn't enough to help.

"When you spread that across 470 dairy producers, and you're talking about the fourth largest dairy producing state in the country, $8.6 million dollars does not go very far," said executive director Rick Naerebout.
 
Nerebout shares that reaction with many dairy farmers across Idaho, and while most of them would much rather the government fix the trade issues, they did begin to expect a little more from an administration that they thought was on their side.

"The message to the greater dairy industry is that we're no more valued by this administration than we've been in past administrations, in that agriculture ends up being traded away when it comes to trade disputes," said Naerebout. 
 
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