When You’re the Football, It’s Not Just a Game
The idea of a trade war has brought some attention to agriculture, and most producers aren’t really used to being front page news. Commodity brokers have a completely different view of trade policy than farmers, largely because our time-scales are so different. Soy bean producers purchased their seed months ago, so really aren’t in a position to change their planting strategy.
It’s important to remember that discussions of tariffs are elements of the “sausage making” that is part of diplomacy, but it’s hard to listen to your livelihood being used in the negotiation process
Minnesota hog and soy bean farmer Wanda Patsche does a great job stating what’s on the mind of farmers while trade discussions continue.