Trade war poses real threat to agriculture

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By Kathy Nelson

South Dakota’s Congressional delegation — all Republicans — are warning President Trump about the negative effects the trade war is having on agriculture.

In a joint letter to the President last week, Sen. John Thune, Sen. Mike Rounds and Rep. Kristi Noem, wrote, “We appreciate and support your administration’s efforts to address a broad spectrum of trade inequities. We do not support, however, making agriculture exports, which have been the exception to such trade inequities, bear the brunt of retaliatory actions in response to current U.S. trade policies. As you continue to pursue trade negotiations to address unfair trade practices and other trade barriers, we strongly urge you to make U.S. agricultural exports a priority of those negotiations and to negotiate with our trading partners to protect agriculture products from all existing and future tariffs.”


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