Farmers Face Bleak Future Due To Trade War, Weak Commodities And Labor Shortages

By Lynda Bryant Work   “Farming is a profession of hope.” Brian Brett   Farmers live on hope from year to year, but it doesn’t pay the bills. And money is getting scarce. Despite claims from the White House that the economy is doing great, many Farm Belt states would disagree. The U.S. farm economy is challenged this year like at no other time in recent history, due to trade concerns, depressed commodity prices and a lack of immigrant labor. Farm Belt states are great for business. Iowa, Illinois and Indiana,…

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U.S. Growers, Ag Industry In Crosshairs Of Trump Trade War

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By Lynda Bryant-Work “As we learned after President Herbert Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley tariff at the outset of the Great Depression, vibrant international trade is a key component to economic recovery; hindering trade is a recipe for disaster.” Asa Hutchinson   Farmers across the United States expect to lose billions of dollars this year if the Trump trade war with China and other countries continues to escalate. The trade war comes at a tough time for farmers when prices for soybeans and corn have been stubbornly low. A February USDA report…

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