OPINIONThe Trump Administration’s agricultural-assistance package is welcome relief to an economic sector that has been battered by foreign competitors and retaliatory tariffs. We thank the president for living up to his commitment to stand by our farmers and ranchers. While farmers and ranchers would rather earn their income from the marketplace, they have been suffering during the agricultural downturn and trade war. The aid package will help us weather the storm as the administration works to correct unfair trade practices that have hurt the U.S. economy for too long.

We are grateful for the work that President Donald Trump and Secretary Sonny Perdue have devoted to the issue. But the real long-term solution to our challenges in agriculture is good outcomes to current negotiations with China, Japan and the European Union, as well as congressional approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. America’s farmers and ranchers need fair and open access to markets.

Zippy Duvall is president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Visit www.fb.org for more information.