Phipps: Trade Belligerence Diminishes Our Future

February 6, 2018 09:05 AM

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The seventh round of NAFTA talks are scheduled in Mexico City from February 26 to March 6.

There’s been a lot of concern President Trump might pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement before the talks are complete.

However, there could be a bigger storm on the horizon for U.S. agriculture: a trade battle with China.

U.S. Farm Report commentator John Phipps takes on the topic on John’s World.

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Spell Check

East Central, IL
2/7/2018 04:17 PM

  I just checked. According to, Liberal as an adjective is defined as 1) open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values;or 2) concerned mainly with broadening a person's general knowledge and experience, rather than with technical or professional training. While Mr. Phipps doesn't need me to defend him, I would like to suggest that he is simply trying to explain what happened and provide some insight into what might happen. People, we have to remember, in trade every act can and most likely will have an opposite and possibly greater reaction. If you tick off a buyer, they go somewhere else. I'm not advocating rolling over for the Chinese or on Nafta, but we have to understand that as a seller of goods, it takes a buyer of those goods. Governments are beholden to their people, and if they can get a product for less, that's what they do. Being upset and taking your ball home if things aren't going your way, only ends the game. Somebody else always has another ball.

Daniel Mock
Braddock, ND
2/7/2018 03:35 PM

  Phipps is way to liberal for any commentary he can't keep his liberal views out of the facts. All of his commentaries have a liberal spin to them.


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