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Fix unfair trade-war farm bailouts

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Washington is one of America's most trade-reliant states, so President Donald Trump's ongoing trade negotiations have brought broad economic uncertainty. With agriculture the second-biggest sector of the state's export market, it initially appeared the announcement of $16 billion in farm bailouts meant much-needed stability for farmers caught in the trade-war crossfire.

Instead, Washington crop growers have been given short shrift by the United States Department of Agriculture. A minority report of the U.S. Senate's Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee in November showed that in the first round of trade-crisis relief payments, farmers in some Southern states have already received more than $50 per acre on average while Washington farmers were sent less than $10 an acre.

Additionally, the USDA calculated outsize trade damage costs for certain crops grown widely in the South _ such as cotton and sorghum _........

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