OPINION The White House has authorized the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide as much as $16 billion dollars in assistance to farmers who are being impacted by the U.S. trade war with China, and other trade disruptions.

The National Association of Wheat Growers is grateful for the president’s understanding of the stress and damages China’s retaliatory tariffs have had on growers. Further we look forward to working with the administration to quickly finalize other trade agreements that open new markets for wheat farmers.

While we appreciate the trade-mitigation program, it doesn’t make farmers whole. The United States exports 50 percent of its wheat, which means we need a long-term solution. That includes taking the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement across the finish line, completing negotiations with China and supporting our World Trade Organization case, and closing a trade deal with Japan.

The association will continue to work with the administration and the USDA as the agency crafts a relief strategy to ensure the program works best for wheat farmers. We are pleased to hear the USDA will take a broader look at the effect the tariffs have had on all trade deals and markets when considering a longer-term relief package.

Ben Scholz, a farmer from Lavon, Texas, is the president of the National Association of Wheat Growers. Visit www.wheatworld.org for more information.