Farmers support trade war despite their financial losses

Farmers in three Midwestern states say the China-U.S. trade war is hitting them in the pocketbook but they support President Trump’s policy of piling tariffs on the one-time top customer for U.S. agriculture exports, say Iowa State University researchers. The view on the farm is “short-term …

Growing portion of Democratic ‘aggies’ supports investigation of Trump

Although President Trump remains popular in rural America, 13 of the 32 Democrats serving on two food and agriculture panels in the House support an impeachment inquiry of the president. Among them are three House Agriculture Committee members who called for action this week, following reports …

As Trump delays tariffs, he says China wants to buy US ag exports

China intends “to buy a lot of farm product,” said President Trump on Tuesday, describing “a very, very productive call” between U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators. At the same time, the White House announced it would delay 10 percent tariffs on electronics such as cell phones, laptop …

Trump ready to spend again on farmers, who expect to win trade war

With the China-U.S. trade war deepening, President Trump pointed to billions of dollars in stopgap trade aid flowing to US agriculture, and said he would continue the payments next year if necessary. Farmers and ranchers are steadfastly optimistic of winning the trade war. Seventy-eight percent …

Trump threatens long-running trade war with China

President Trump offered contradictory assessments of Sino-US trade talks on Tuesday, but both suggested a lengthy trade war. China hinted that strong-arm U.S. tactics would not work. Senior Chinese and U.S. officials met in Shanghai on Tuesday for their first face-to-face negotiations in more …

Some ‘plussing up’ needed before White House seeks USMCA vote

U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer said he was in discussions with House Democrats about “plussing up” the new NAFTA and shied away on Tuesday from suggesting when the White House will ask for a vote on it. Senate Finance chairman Chuck Grassley told reporters that he hoped for …

First the Trump tariff payments and then the trade deals, says president

The government will send billions of dollars in trade war payments to farmers over the next two months or so, said President Trump in Iowa on Tuesday, with the promise of booming business with China, Japan and Mexico in the near future. “Within a year and a half, I would say, you’ll be in the… …

Brazil agrees to let some wheat enter duty-free, an opening for U.S. grain

Wheat growers declared victory—”a big win”—with Brazil’s agreement on Tuesday to allow duty-free import of wheat grown outside of a South American trading bloc. The so-called tariff-rate quota could result in exports worth more than $100 million a year if U.S. wheat dominates the new market …

Trump: Trade talks may end with ‘a lot more’ corn to China

U.S. and Chinese officials opened their second consecutive week of negotiations to resolve the countries' trade war on Tuesday with President Trump saying the "very complex talks...are going very well." Trump told reporters at the White House, "We're asking for everything that anybody has ever even suggested. These are not just, you know, 'let's sell corn or let's do this.' It's going to be selling corn, but a lot of it, a lot more than anyone thought possible."

Trump announces plan to roll back WOTUS rule

President Trump announced a plan to roll back Obama-era clean water regulations that aimed to protect rivers and streams from agricultural runoff and other pollutants. It will remove vast wetlands and thousands of miles of waterways from federal protection.