AgriTalk: Agriculture Is “Not a Rounding Error”

July 20, 2018 12:21 PM
 
Pro Farmer policy analyst Jim Wiesemeyer; Michelle Jones, president of the Montana Grain Growers Association; and Iowa farmer Tom Burrack join the Friday Free For All.

Pro Farmer policy analyst Jim Wiesemeyer; Michelle Jones, president of the Montana Grain Growers Association; and Iowa farmer Tom Burrack join the Friday Free For All, discussing the impacts of tariffs, the Senate’s farm bill reform, and a caller questions what could be done instead to combat China on trade.

“Why did we have to tear up the whole world to deal with China?”
Despite all the backlash on tariffs, Burrack said the president is doing what he said he would be doing with China. The panel weighs in on Peter Navarro, one of President Trump’s top trade advisors. On Thursday, he said China is playing  a ”zero-sum game” when it comes to trade.

How should the U.S. be handling China?
The European Union is planning retaliatory tariffs on the U.S. if President Trump chooses to go forward with tariffs on imported cars and auto parts. Listener Nicholas from Missouri asks the panel how Trump should have handled China.

Farm bill reforms in the Senate
The farm bill is still being worked on by Congress. Hear what the panel says could happen with it and when it could be under the president’s pen.

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flying farmer
Nebraska City, NE
7/21/2018 12:01 PM
 

  Hey Keith, Sooooo, just where exactly is all that money coming from for medical care for all, oh that's right, the higher taxes you want to take out of the lower wages. Brilliant...

 
 
Steve
Lubbock , TX
7/21/2018 12:17 PM
 

  I am addressing the storage issue Nicholas raised. The CCC program created storage of crops as an attempt to raise crop prices. Bottom line is it didn’t work. It actually capped normal rises in price & cost the taxpayers millions of dollars.

 
 
Keith
Augusta, ME
7/21/2018 09:59 AM
 

  Sorry Nicholas, I just don't believe that even if we were to win this trade war and got all we wanted, it likely will not help out manufacturing since most manufacturing are going towards automation and eventually full automation. It's not easy to accept but that's where we're heading. If US company's don't embrace automation we'll NEVER be able to compete on the world market. Unless of course people are willing to work for much lower wages, and maybe we could do that if the country is willing to provide medical care for all and a better retirement program.

 
 
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