There’s no doubt. The past six months haven’t been easy for farmers and ranchers. A downturn in the farm economy, trade and more are weighing on their minds. “That’s why we need to continue to tell our story about why these trade disputes need to be resolved,” says Wilmot, South Dakota farmer Jason Frerichs. “While It’s easy to focus on the negative environment, good things are still happening.” One bright spot in agriculture is the cattle complex. While it was a tough calving season for Frerichs and many other Northern Plains producers, stable prices and low feed costs provide opportunity. In the grand scheme of things, Frerichs encourages farmers to support one another. “Let’s do what we can to help each other out and not lose anymore farmers than we have already. We need to have hope that next year will be a better year.”
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