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Collateral Damage Of The Trade War, Farmers Want Chinese Market Reopened


Added 05-22-19 05:07:02am EST - “American farmers rely heavily on selling their goods overseas. As the trade war heats up again, many Midwest soybean farmers have huge surpluses and are receiving government aid.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Collateral Damage Of The Trade War, Farmers Want Chinese Market Reopened”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Farmers have produced record or near-record soybean crops in recent years. Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media hide caption

U.S farmers have long depended on foreign buyers for some of their corn, soybeans, pork and other products. And federal officials have used some agricultural commodities as tools of diplomacy for decades.

But as the Trump administration has pursued hard-line moves with major trading partners, especially China, farmers have found themselves with huge surpluses — and on the receiving end of government aid.

Modern farming became permanently entwined with both politics and export markets in the mid-20th century, says

"There's agricultural policy that's part of this," Anderson said, "there's technology that's part of this."

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