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Tariffs and trade wars have been buzzwords for national headlines, but these issues also have an impact on local communities. Financial Analyst Jason Norris with Ferguson Wellman joins Idaho Matters to explain the effect of these issues on local communities.

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Signups opened last week for the latest USDA dairy safety net program called the Dairy Margin Coverage Program. Farmers who sign up can get benefits based on the difference between milk prices and feed costs.


Increased tariffs on Chinese goods will ‘devastate’ outdoor recreation companies, an industry group warned in a letter sent to President Trump Wednesday.

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Tariffs on certain Chinese goods were scheduled to increase from 10% to 25% on March 1. That increase was blocked by the Trump Administration, but the current tariff rate is having an impact on Idaho's family businesses. We look at the scope of that impact with Kirk Adams, a member of the Idaho District Export Council, Jos Zamzow, co-CEO of Zamzows and Melanie Krause, a vintner with Cinder Wines.

On The Monday, March 4, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Mar 1, 2019

  • The 2019 Indigenous Peoples of the Boise Valley Conference addresses resistance, resilience and strength.
  • Idaho businesses impacted by Chinese tariffs.
  • Rocky Barker chronicles the modern-day extinction of the caribou of the Selkirk Range.
  • The Wood River Valley prepares for a new animal adoption and education space.

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The heads of the Gem State’s foreign trade offices in Mexico, China and Taiwan briefed the Idaho Senate Commerce Committee this week. The international officials say they’re optimistic about future business despite ongoing talk of trade wars.

The second round of payments to farmers affected by President Trump’s trade war with China will soon get sent out. The application deadline for growers is Jan. 15.

But the bulk of that money is largely skipping our region.

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The Trump Administration has announced details to its agriculture mitigation program. The move is a reaction to what the White House says is “unjustified retaliation by foreign nations," and is meant to offset financial losses for producers who depend on global exports.