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Is agriculture bailout 'corporate welfare' for Washington wheat farmers?

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Washington state exported 270,000 tons of wheat in 2017. That's according to Marci Green, President of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers. There have been no wheat exports at all from Washington state in 2018.

This week the Trump administration unveiled a $12 billion bailout for agriculture. It's aimed at easing damage to the industry from the President's new tariffs and his escalating trade war with China.

But is the financial assistance a meaningful solution or a Band-Aid for a longer-term problem?

Bill Radke hears from Washington state farmer Marci Green, president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, and Heather Long, economics correspondent at the Washington Post. She explores where U.S. tariff policy is headed and the potential economic and political fallout.  

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