Addressing North Dakota Farmers Union members Friday, President Mark Watne says China’s purchase of U.S. soybeans is less than two percent of what China would normally buy. It’s more of a good will gesture. “This appears to be about the amount China needs to supply their ability to continue to have the protein necessary for their country to make it until the South American harvest,” says Watne. “They’re not going to cave to the trade war as simple as many thought they would.” Vice-President Bob Kuylen doesn’t expect trade to be a quick fix. “We’ve got to get our markets back,” he says. “We worked so hard with all our checkoff dollars to get these markets. I don’t think it was the right thing to do to go after farmers, but it is easy to use food as a weapon.”
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