U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson

Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, has joined Rep. Russ Fulcher is urging USDA to add to barley to the commodities addressed in new trade packages.

Two members of Idaho's congressional delegation want USDA to include barley and wheat in the next version of the trade-mitigation assistance package.

In letters to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Reps. Mike Simpson and Russ Fulcher said that while farmers would prefer to compete in a global marketplace, tariff-related market uncertainty impacts the state’s important barley industries significantly.

Simpson also wrote that dairy should be included in future trade-mitigation relief.

Though wheat was included on China’s list of retaliatory tariffs and barley was not, barley prices have also dropped because they are tied to wheat, Simpson and Fulcher, both R-Idaho,  said. The anticipated second trade-mitigation package should address losses on both crops, they said.

They cited a mid-May World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report that said the average price of barley dropped by about 9.5% in the past year as wheat dropped 14.9%.

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