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英语阅读贸易战里的美国农民

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英语阅读贸易战里的美国农民
The rolling in robust fields of soybean growing on Fred Grieder Illinois farm would be a welcome sign most years, indicating a promising harvest in the fall.
The tariffs are turning away potential customers overseas, and Grieder estimates he could lose around $100 an acre if the trade war continues.
It’s a squeeze, a squeeze acknowledged by the Trump administration, prompting the US Department of Agriculture to plan a twelve billion dollar aid package to help farmers like Grieder.
If you take the twelve billion which assuming it’ll all go to beans which it won’t and divide that buy our planted acreage just about fourteen dollars an acre.
It’s not the Grieder isn’t grateful. He’d just rather have trade over aid.

 

The aid package certainly is appreciated and we appreciate the fact that USDA and the president concerned about us and want to try to make us whole. But the reality is that the numbers you know large trade war like this are just overwhelming.
This is not a natural disaster. This is a man-made disaster. It’s not an act of God, but some would call it an act of foolishness.
Mark Albertson is the director of strategic market development for the Illinois Soybean Association
He says the trade dispute with China is a greater threat to farmers than the drought of 2012.
But we had mechanisms in place to deal with that, and we always knew that the very next year we would be able to plant our crops again and hope for the best.
In this case we don’t know that. We don’t know what the next year brings.
We don’t have necessarily hope of the trade war going away very soon, and it looks like Brazil is all too eager to take away our market share when it comes to China.
Which is farmer Grieder’s biggest concern.
Brazil, one of our largest competitors, they’re always expanding.
So this could affect our market years down the road, and I’m probably more worried about that than I am just a short-term washout here.
The other challenge is what to do with the soybeans that can’t be sold.
It looks like we may end up putting a record amount of soybeans in storage, and when that happens we know from history that the prices will go south.
For now Grieder routine remains the same. He hopes strong global demand for soybeans outside China will make up for decreasing prices and is waiting to see if President Donald Trump’s trade tactics will work or permanent damage is done to the reputation and reliability of US grain products.
I support what he’s trying to do. I can’t say that I support his methods. Methods that could create greater uncertainty and smaller profits for US farmers.
Kane Farabaugh VOA news Bloomington Illinois.

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