Following the president’s announcement of a $12 billion trade assistance package to farmers, the nation’s bankers echoed farmer sentiments, and said producers want free trade, not handouts.
A Farm Journal report quoted ag lender Alan Hoskins, as having said, it’s far too soon to know how beneficial the aid will be. Hoskins did stated one thing is clear; it’s not what farmers want.
“They want to be able to turn a profit by selling their grain,” Hoskins said, “and not by getting government handouts.” Hoskins added cash flow is going to be very tight this year, which will lead to some difficult conversations between producers and lenders.
However, he said it’s not something to be feared by producers, but rather it’s an opportunity to sit down and work together to figure out something that will benefit farmers.
Illinois producer Michael Cox tells Farm Journal that the aid package is just a temporary fix, at best, because there are too many questions about the program.
Hoskins said many farmers are wide open to market volatility at this point and those payments will come in handy.