Video: Farmers Facing Tough Times With Trade War



Global Farmer Network member Pam Johnson from Iowa was interviewed recently at Voice of America (VOA) talking about how crucial trade is for American farmers.  Last week we shared the interview from “US Farmers Counting on Passage of US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.”  This week is another interview “Trade War Sowing Seeds of Doubt in US Farmers” published May 15.

Trade War Sowing Seeds of Doubt in US Farmers

By Kane Farabaugh – Voice of America
May 15, 2019

The typical routines of life on a family farm carry a heavier burden these days for Pam Johnson.

“First thing I do is make a pot of coffee,” she told VOA in an interview in one of the cavernous sheds that contain her green and yellow John Deere farming equipment. Once she has that coffee, she “(goes) to the computer and look at what grain prices have done overnight and usually do a gut clutch, because they’ve been going down. They’re at five-month lows.”

Driven there in part by retaliatory tariffs imposed by one of the largest importers of U.S. soybeans – China.

Johnson and her husband are proud sixth-generation farmers but say they are dealing with some of the harshest economic conditions of their lives.

“We’re all tightening our belts,” she says…

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Pam Johnson

Pam Johnson

Sixth generation farmer, with her husband and 2 sons – grow corn and soybeans on 2,700 acres. All seeds planted are genetically modified with traits to improve plant health. Tillage practices include: no-till, minimum till and strip till.

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