Farmers’ struggles, unfortunately, have become a way of life

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Opinion

December 19, 2019 - 10:28 AM

Tariffs, tweets and trade.

These three words until recently didn’t dominate conversations regularly. Now you’ll find them peppered into discussions all across rural America. In small-town cafes, co-ops and churches anywhere community members gather for coffee to discuss the ins and outs of everyday life, people are talking about the economic struggles facing farmers.

The ongoing trade war with China, the negotiation and ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement have impacted farmers and ranchers in unexpected ways. Farmers, on top of worrying about the weather and job prospects for their children, now face even more financial uncertainty at the hands of trade negotiators and heads of state in a way that hasn’t been before.

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