Farmers are tired of the trade war. That’s one takeaway from a roundtable discussion between northwestern Minnesota farmers and Minnesota Senator Tina Smith Monday night. Crookston farmer Tim Dufault said he’s tired of reading that farmers are okay with the trade situation. “We want it resolved. This has gone on more than one year. Many growers are sitting on two lines of credit. The Market Facilitation Program payments will help, but it’s a band-aid on a severed artery.” Smith answered questions on trade, including progress with the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement and China trade talks during the hour-long discussion. “I think U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chief Agriculture Negotiator Gregg Doud really understand the issues. The question is what does the guy in the Oval Office think of this?” The impact of small refinery waivers on the ethanol industry, rural mental health challenges and affordable healthcare were also addressed at the meeting.
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