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Farmers Express Concerns Of Harmful Effects Of Tariff Retaliation
Rural Economy’s Situation Worsened By Uncertainty & Volatility


(Photo Credit: The New York Times, Yahoo News, Newton Daily News, Tribune Star)
 

Indiana Hog Farmer David Hardin: “People Say There Are No Winners In Trade Wars – But You Can Be A Loser Twice … There’s Ripple Effects All The Way Through The Ag Economy When You Have Something Like This Happen … Six Months From Now, If This Is Still Going On, There’s Going To Have To Be Some Hard Decisions Made.” (Susan Orr, “Trade Tensions Put Indiana Farmers And Manufacturers In Crosshairs,” Indianapolis Business Journal, 4/20/18)

Missouri Farmers John & Amy Jo Estes: “Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime Is Going To Have To Stand Up To China, And The Problem Is That It’s Going To Hurt, And It’s Going To Hurt Somebody Along The Way … It’s Looking Like It Might Be Us This Time.” (Noah Higgins-Dunn, “Tariffs Could Hinder A Growing Market For U.S. Beef In China,” Columbia Missourian, 4/20/18)

Nebraska Farmer Daren Niemeyer: “Things Out Here Right Now Are Tough Already.  We Are Already Barely Making Ends Meet … It’s Just Kicking Us While We Are Down.” (Lucinda Shen, “How Trump’s Tariffs Are Squeezing His Farmer Support Base,” Fortune, 4/18/18)

Minnesota Hog & Soybean Farmer Wanda Patsche: “I’m Just Really Discouraged By What I Hear … But With The NAFTA Thing One Day, And Then Things Are Going Good.  And Then The Next Day You Wake Up, And You Hear We’re Going To Put Tariffs On Chinese Goods.  Oh My Goodness.  It’s Like We’re A Ping Pong Ball … When You Hear That Rhetoric.  It Just Gives Us A Lot Of Uncertainty.  It Makes It More Stressful.  We Hope The Tariffs Are Short Lived.” (Lucinda Shen, “How Trump’s Tariffs Are Squeezing His Farmer Support Base,” Fortune, 4/18/18)

Kansas Corn & Soy Farmer Bob Henry: “For The United States Soybean Grower, China Is The 800-Pound Gorilla In The Room [And Is Exacting Political Payback Against The Republican Heartland] … China Knows Who Got Trump Elected.” (Jonathan Martin, “Across Midwest, Farmers Warn Of G.O.P. Losses Over Trump’s Trade Policy,” The New York Times, 4/18/18)

Colfax, North Dakota Soybean Farmer Vanessa Kummer: “[Soybean] Has Become Our Cash Crop And The Most Reliable Crop To Go To.” (Jonathan Martin, “Across Midwest, Farmers Warn Of G.O.P. Losses Over Trump’s Trade Policy,” The New York Times, 4/18/18)

Southern Illinois Farmer Corn & Soybean Farmer Daryl Cates: “[Tariff Retaliation] Makes You Nervous, Really Nervous … We’re Not Sitting On An Island Where You’re Just Worried About The United States.  We’re Looking At The World.  The World Is Our Market … If You Lose A Customer, A Big Customer Like China, They Are Going To Start Buying Somewhere Else, And That’s A Huge Issue For Us.” (Holly Bailey, “Midwest Farmers Fear Tariff War, While Their Steelworker Neighbors Cheer,” Yahoo News, 4/19/18)

Michigan Dairy Farmer Roger Headley: “It’s Tough Right Now … You Don’t Make Enough To Pay The Bills.” (Editorial Board, “Trade Threats Sow Unease On The Farm,” The Port Huron Times Herald, 4/18/18)

Ohio Farmer Scott Metzger: “[Tariff Retaliation] Could Be The Difference Between Making Money And Not Making Money.” (Chris Balusik, “Local Soybean Growers Would Feel Chinese Tariff Impact,” Chillicothe Gazette, 4/16/18)

Iowa Farmer Wade Boehm: “I Know Trump Has A Reputation Of Being A Negotiator, But With Political Things Like This You Can’t Just Say Things Without Having An Effect … When The Tariffs Got Put On Chinese Products That May Have Been Good For Some Industries Here, But What’s Good For One Industry Isn’t Good For Another Industry.” (David Dolmage & Mike Mendenhall, “Tariff Talk Worries Iowa Farmers,” Newton Daily News, 4/16/18)

Shelbyville, Indiana Farmer Phil Ramsey: “When You Throw Something This Big [Tariff Retaliation] Into The Market, We Can Have Some Pretty Wide, Dramatic Swings In The Price And You Really Don’t Know What To Do.” (Abrahm Hurt, “Trade War Could Have Impact On Indiana Farmers,” Tribune Star, 4/15/18)

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