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The new trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada offered some rare good news for struggling domestic dairy farmers.
The newly renegotiated trade agreement involving the United States, Canada and Mexico offers farmers a bit more security about markets for dairy, corn and other products, but hefty Mexican tariffs still in place hinder business, according to an agricultural trade specialist with The Ohio State University.
This fall most farmers in Ohio will be grinning at the numbers they see on their yield monitors and scowling at the numbers they see in the markets as combines roll through crop fields.
Relief could come after midterms if President begins to realize impact tariffs have had on industries he champions.
In the middle of a corn field, pathways with names like "beef," "swine" and "wool" stretch off into the distance, lined with tents hocking everything from new gadgets to heavy machinery. The Farm Science Review has a county fair type atmosphere, but it emphasizes education.
It’s a paradox in the heartland. Farmers are looking at silo-busting harvests and thin wallets.
With farm profitability, trade and conservation at the height of farmers’ minds, this year’s Farm Science Review opened with a discussion about where farm policy is headed, including efforts to write the 2018 farm bill.
It was all sunshine and blue skies at Ohio State University’s annual agriculture bonanza, Farm Science Review, until the mention of trade and tariffs.
Farm profitability could remain low and decline even further if tariffs on trade remain in place beyond the current growing season, an ag economist told farmers and conservation leaders at the annual Portage Soil and Water Conservation District banquet Sept. 13.
The WASDI report confirms record production of corn and soybeans.