Breitinger: Farm aid on the way?
In the ongoing trade dispute with China, American farmers seem to be the most likely casualty, as China’s retaliatory tariffs have been aimed heavily toward U.S. exports of soybeans, pork, and other agricultural products.
This initially prompted numerous farm groups to speak out against President Trump’s recent trade actions against China, the second-largest buyer of U.S. farm goods.
However, President Trump has pledged to shield American farmers from harm and is proposing to create an aid package that could support farmers reeling from the trade dispute. Additionally, the Trump administration seems to be revisiting other trade deals like NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to boost agricultural exports to non-Chinese trading partners.
Optimism about better trade prospects helped boost soybean prices to a five-week high on Friday morning near $10.67 per bushel.
Aside from trade, many Midwestern farmers are beginning to worry about the spring planting weather; cool, wet conditions could delay planting and reduce crop yields this year, a fear that is helping to boost soybean prices.