Family farmers are making their voices heard about the devastation to the industry that is being created by the Trump tariffs.
But the problem for American farmers has becomes bigger than something a bailout can fix.
‘This trade thing is what’s brought on by the president and it’s really frustrating because he took away all of our markets,’ Bob Kuylen, a farmer from North Dakota who grows spring wheat and sunflowers, told Yahoo Finance. ‘We live in an area where we’re kind of in the middle of nowhere. It costs us a lot of money — over $1 a bushel to get our grain to markets.’
Since trade tensions began in 2018, farmers have faced major financial challenges, since China was once a major U.S. agriculture buyer.
And losing customers has become a major issue. Soybean farmers have been dealing with this, as China has turned to other countries like Brazil for soybeans. Kuylen said this is also happening for wheat farmers, as China has begun importing wheat from Russian regions.
‘All these countries went to different countries to get their grain,’ Kuylen said. ‘How are we going to get the relations back with them to buy our grain again and be our customers?'”
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