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Grassley questions trade aid for Smithfield

Smithfield spokeswoman says company not eligible.

Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley raised questions about Smithfield Foods receiving USDA aid meant to help farmers hurt by China’s trade tariffs.

A Smithfield spokeswoman said the company was not eligible for the direct payment program, according to U.S. New and World Report.


The United States imposed tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods this year as part of President Trump’s vow to cut the U.S. trade deficit with China, according to Reuters. Beijing retaliated by hitting $110 billion of U.S. products, including the agriculture sector.

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