KIMT NEWS 3- Harvest is in full swing for farmers like Andy Hill of Worth County who said he is ready to finally be out in the fields.
“I’m excited to be able to run,” he said. “The sun is shining the winds blowing and the crops are drying.”
But Hill said there is a lot to think about while out in the combine this year, including tariffs.
“Myself and our neighboring farmers are thinking about what the crops are worth,” Hill said. “Am I going to be able to make money this year and how long will this tariff last?”
He said emotions among farmers vary with some angered and others more accepting.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds was in Mason City Thursday. She said many of the farmers she has talked to said the trade issues will only help the national economy in the long run.
“Farmers know that China has been sticking it to us for years,” said Governor Reynolds. “They understand that we have to get this fixed. We have to get this right and I think they believe President Trump’s going to get that done.”
Though the President recently announced year round E-15, a new trade deal between the US, Mexico and Canada and Taiwan buying more soybeans, Hill and other farmers said the uncertainty won’t end until the nation has a trade deal worked out with China.
“Each time we get something that’s better for the ag economy, E-15 for example, those are just band-aids,” Hill said. “Until we get back to where we were two years ago trading with China and doing better our economy won’t be healed.”
Reynolds’ opponent, Fred Hubbell, said the tariffs are hurting Iowa’s ag economy.
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