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On May 18 the draft 2018 Farm Bill failed on the House floor with a lack of votes from Democrats and several moderate Republicans.
A numbers rundown: Ben Brown, manager of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University, helped publish a study in May predicting that Ohio farmers would lose 59 percent of their income if a 25 percent tariff were imposed on U.S. soybeans.
Ohio corn and soybean farmers could be dealt a devastating blow if China imposes tariffs on U.S. imports.
USDA estimates that 75% of the U.S. soybean crop is good or excellent condition which is above our five-year trend.
As the possibility of a trade war between the United States and Canada becomes increasingly plausible, Ohio is uniquely positioned to be a casualty.
Sarah Fischer’s journey into the renewable energy field began with a high school French teacher whose husband had been a child slave in Haiti. The couple opened Fischer’s eyes to human rights and international development issues and sparked a desire to make a difference in such situations.
Ohio Soybean Association expressed concern over result of tariffs on Chinese imports.
Some farmers in Clark County said they are cautiously optimistic about business prospects despite increasing uncertainty from issues ranging from a potential trade war, environmental concerns and and a farm bill that recently hit a snag in Congress.
It may not be a popular solution, but a recent study from The Ohio State University shows the least costly way to cut nearly half the phosphorus seeping into Lake Erie is taxing farmers on phosphorous purchases or paying farmers to avoid applying it to their fields.
President Donald Trump isn’t the first U.S. president to use the agriculture industry as a bargaining tool. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter stopped trade completely with the Soviet Union. For a short period of time, President Richard Nixon placed an embargo on U.S. soybeans and President Ronald Reagan’s tariffs on Japan were similar to those Trump has recently imposed.