American farmers fear consequences of possible trade war with China

U.S. crop producers worry they may get tangled in a trade war with China after threats to impose steep tariffs on U.S. exports. ABC News' Ali Rogin reports.
1:53 | 04/05/18

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And a possible trade war with China is hitting home and America's farming communities senators from Iowa and Nebraska are among officials urging the trump administration to change course. ABC's Alley Rogen reports. The hog farms and soybean fields of the midwest potentially the newest battlefield in a simmering trade war. China threatening to impose steep tariffs on top US exports including soybeans pork and beef. Measures that would hit farm states like Illinois. Iowa and Nebraska hardest. The goes a long long term is gonna affect our rural economies here Nebraska and in the upper midwest. China is the largest importer of US soybeans one in every three rows ends up there according to the American soybean association. Lawmakers including some Republicans slain president trump. They say he started this trade war by imposing steel and aluminum tariffs on China followed by threats of other penalties on manufacturing products. Trump calls it a necessary response to China stealing US intellectual property. If they judge us we charge them the same thing. And so it's gotta be Nebraska farmers like Milton freaky say the president should not take their votes in 2016. For granted. He needs to realize that the majority of his Fultz came ms. bush stay agricultural area. Supported him and you know I don't think he's support won't try. Nebraska Republican senator Ben sass says trump should back off his overheated rhetoric I don't know exactly what the administration's. Other kids but it brinksmanship and language. Understands how. These sheriffs aren't going to go into effect just yet the US and China are still negotiating behind closed doors. There's also a public comment period that's open until mid May Day. And you can bet some members of congress are going to be taking advantage of it Diane Candace turner thanks Alley there.

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