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Farmers Continue Call For Progress In Solving Trade Disputes
Trade Dispute Leads To Lost Markets & Uncertain Long-Term Planning
 


(Sources: Yahoo Finance & Farm Policy)

Missouri Corn & Soybean Farmer Blake Hurst: “The Only Answer Is To Make Progress In Negotiations With China Since They Are The Biggest Soybean Consumers.  Not More Government Programs, But To Make Progress.” (Adriana Belmonte, “Brutal Map Shows Why U.S. Farmers Want Trump To ‘End The Trade War,’ Yahoo Finance, 9/15/18)

Michigan Apple Grower Jeff VanderWerff: “I Think What It Comes Down To Is Most Farmers Want A Fair And Leveled Playing Field Across The Board For All Commodities – In Terms Of Grain Crops, In Terms Of Fruit Crops.” (Mitch Galloway, “West Michigan Farmers Call For Action On Trade Policy,” MiBiz, 9/15/18)

Dairy Farmer Kristi Keilen: “It Is Unfortunate That [The Trade Dispute] Had To Hit Us So Hard.  Farmers Don’t Want The Handouts Because We Already Get Criticized So Much For Taking Handouts All The Time.  Plus We Know That A Handout Isn’t Really Fixing The Problem, It’s Just Getting Us By.  We Would Prefer The Problem Gets Fixed And The Tariffs Can Come Off Instead.” (Mitch Galloway, “West Michigan Farmers Call For Action On Trade Policy,” MiBiz, 9/15/18)

South Dakota Corn & Soybean Farmer Bob Metz: “[The Trade Dispute With China] Makes Me Very Nervous.” (“Inside China’s Strategy In The Soybean Trade War,” Reuters, 9/20/18)

North Dakota Farmer Sarah Lovas: “We Don’t Do Anything Around Here For Short Term.  We Do It For Long Term.   And It’s Taken A Long Time To Develop Some Of These Relationships That We’ve Had.” (Jim Zarroli, “Soybean Farmers Worry About Tariffs’ Impact,” NPR, 9/19/18)

Retired Georgia Farmer & Past American Soybean Association President James Lee Adams: “You Develop Trade Partners Over A Long Period, But You Can Lose Them Overnight.  When You Start Becoming An Unreliable Supplier, People Are Going To Start Looking Elsewhere.” (“Inside China’s Strategy In The Soybean Trade War,” Reuters, 9/20/18)

Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap: “The Current Tariffs, Continuing Back-And-Forth Retaliatory Actions And Trade Uncertainties Are Hitting American Agriculture From All Sides And Are Causing Us To Lose Our Markets.  Once You Lose A Market, It Is Really Tough To Get It Back.” (Kevin Freking & Nicholas Geranios, “Trump’s Tariffs Could Sow Trouble For GOP In Farm Districts,” The Associated Press, 9/20/18)

W.E. Upjohn Institute For Employment Research Jim Robey: “I Am Uncertain How This Will Work Out For Farmers.  (With) So Much Uncertainty, People Are Unwilling To Make Decisions About Buying Products And Investing In Capital.” (Mitch Galloway, “West Michigan Farmers Call For Action On Trade Policy,” MiBiz, 9/15/18)

University Of Illinois Farm Management Producer Schnitkey: “End The Trade War.  That’s What [Farmers] Are Hoping For … That The Tariffs Come To An End.” (Adriana Belmonte, “Brutal Map Shows Why U.S. Farmers Want Trump To ‘End The Trade War,’ Yahoo Finance, 9/15/18)

Sartori President Jeff Schwager: “It Took Us Years To Get Onto Grocery Store Shelves In Mexico, So We Thought We Had No Choice But To Absorb The Retaliatory Tariffs, And Hope They Are Short Lived, And Hopefully We Can Then Grow The Business.” (Jonty Bloom, “Trump’s Tariffs Putting The Squeeze On The Midwest,” BBC News, 9/20/18)

The Lobster Company Owner Stephanie Nadeau: “I Can’t Replace China, That’s The Reality.  No One Knows What To Do Because We Don’t Know How Long This Is Going To Last.” (Nicole Goodkind, “Trump Tariffs: New England Lobster Businesses Slumping Under Trade War Pressure,” Newsweek, 9/16/18)

Lobsterman Bob Morris: “It’s Like Any Other Crop Or Harvest With Supply And Demand.  It’s Always The Farmer Or The Fisherman Who Ends Up Paying.” (Nicole Goodkind, “Trump Tariffs: New England Lobster Businesses Slumping Under Trade War Pressure,” Newsweek, 9/16/18)

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