Farmers Express Concern About U.S., China Trade Dispute

May 16, 2019 11:15 AM
While some support the President’s trade tactics, others don’t.

As the trade dispute between the U.S. and China continues and tariffs mount on goods traded between the countries, farmers find themselves in the bull’s eye yet again. While some support the President’s trade tactics, others don’t. 

Check out these reader comments on the article Farmer Patience Dwindles As China Trade Talks March On.

“At this juncture it’s pointless to keep politicizing what could or should be done. … If we get a deal before August, we have a chance to at least create enough exports to stop the bleeding. We need to try to stay positive and hope this gets resolved somehow. We are all in this together.” — Kevin from Wisconsin

“If our past political overlords had spent any effort at all looking out for American financial and trade interests Trump wouldn't be forced to undertake this Herculean task. Bravo to the Trump administration for taking the road not previously traveled and looking out for our interests. None of us would like the world that would result should China become the dominant global power.” — Dean from Kansas

“There's only one thing worse than watching the China/USA trade negotiations fall apart and that's watching it rain yet again on already saturated/flooded soils. I think most can agree that Trump overplayed his hand and his confidence when Trump stated "Trade Wars are so easy to win" last year. Well, we've been losing ever since. Second, Trump's first big mistake was pulling out of the TPP. These multilateral trade agreements are cumbersome, slow and at times tedious, but in the long term they're effective and shield countries from retaliatory trade stances — i.e. not buying U.S. Soybeans. … Remember, Trump only knows how to double down — he doesn't know how to negotiate, which he's absolutely terrible at.” — John from Illinois

“Make no mistake. Trump will put us all out of business to get what HE wants. Already happening here. You can’t ruin a farm or a country like you can a business and just start a new one.” — Jim from North Dakota

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Spell Check

5/16/2019 12:54 PM

  I hope some body on here can specifically tell me how we will benefit from this trade war.I here general terms,but nothing specific. I mean how a rancher in Nebraska,a soybean producer in Missouri,a corn producer in Iowa,and a pork producer in Indiana will benefit.Our markets depend on exports.From my understanding the sticking points of the negotiations are not what we export to China,but American companies who manufacture goods in China,i.e. Apple,Microsoft,CAT and Trump family businesses.These companies will get the great big win.I keep on hearing the ag sector will experience short term pain .I am concerned that this may be like when your arm is cut off you experience short term pain,but you will have to live without your arm the rest of your life.

Denmark, WI
5/16/2019 01:13 PM

  Froggy, I agree with your points and concerns. My biggest concern is that the administration will keep doing these Ag welfare programs, MFP etc, just enough to keep farmers and rural voters happy and inline to vote for him again in 2020. But what happens if he does get reelected, then without needing to keep this large pool of voters happy for the next election? That's when the screws will really be put to Ag, or at least the medium and small size guys.

Tipton, IN
5/18/2019 04:31 PM

  I was talking to a guy in the ethanol industry and he said that the USA is importing ethanol. He also said that we import corn. How is it cheaper to import. Wouldn't it be nice if we could send our corn and ethanol into their market and not have to pay tariffs like they can send into our market. Hopefully the trade war will stop how unfair it is.


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