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Trump shutdown threatens aid for farmers hit by Trump trade war

Farmer harvests wheat in Minnesota
A farmer in Hastings, Minn. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP/Getty Images

Emergency aid from the Department of Agriculture for farmers impacted by the trade war between the U.S and China could be delayed as a result of the ongoing partial government shutdown, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The big picture: The USDA is one of the government agencies affected by the shutdown, meaning that applications for the emergency program — as well as more routine services for farmers, like loan decisions and mortgage assistance — are on hold. And Bloomberg reports that the shutdown could delay a Trump administration plan to increase sales of ethanol, which could be a boon to the nation's corn farmers.

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