As the U.S. Department of Agriculture begins making payments on the second round of trade-aid funding to farmers hurt by ongoing trade disputes, California agricultural exporters and marketers assess the impact retaliatory tariffs have had on key foreign markets.

China, Canada, Mexico and other nations placed tariffs on U.S. agricultural products earlier this year, in retaliation for U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. With no resolution to the trade conflicts, USDA will now implement the second and final round of payments under its Market Facilitation Program to eligible producers of almonds, cotton, corn, dairy, pork, soybeans, sorghum, sweet cherries and wheat.

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