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Nebraska Farmers Say Trump’s Trade War Cost Them $1 Billion

Should the trade war continue?

by Axios | Updated on 12.5.18

The Nebraska Farm Bureau said this week that the tariffs triggered by President Trump's ongoing trade war have cost the state's agricultural sector more than $1 billion in revenue, specifically affecting soybeans, corn and pork, the Omaha World-Herald reports.

"To put a $1.2 billion loss into perspective, every person in the state of Nebraska would need to contribute $632 to cover that volume of lost dollars. That’s a significant hit to our state’s economy."

Jay Rempe, a Nebraska Farm Bureau senior economist, to the Omaha World-Herald

Why it matters: The effects of Trump's trade war with China on farmers have been an ongoing story over the last few months, especially regarding issues with the soybean market. Farmers have been forced to store mass quantities of their crops until prices improve after demand in China, the biggest market for American soybeans, has dropped nearly 90%.

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  • burrkitty
    12/05/2018
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    Well...they overwhelmingly voted for him. Guess they need to start a healthy soy rich diet. Fortunately it will be cheap which is great because they’re broke.

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  • Mark
    Voted Yes
    12/05/2018
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    China is a Kleptocracy. Theft and deception is institutionalized and incentivized. Without the theft of technology and manufacturing capacity from other nations, not to mention the hourly manipulation of their currency.... China would still be a Third World nation. Playing hardball with trade tariffs is the only way you’re going to get China to deal honestly.

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  • Brian
    Voted Maybe
    12/05/2018
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    I don't support a trade war. I do support trade reform with partners such as China, but only with fact-based evidence behind it. Trump's continual mantra about a trade deficit is misleading: a trade deficit is not inherently bad, and he rarely quotes the real numbers. If we're going to reform trade, then we should do it based on facts and policies that will work, not lies and exaggerations. I also think Trump's war against the WTO is pointless and destructive, and should be stopped. I think the intellectual property abuses that China engages in are bad for America, and I would support efforts to stop those. I don't think tariffs are the solution, but if that's the way to bring China to the table, then maybe they are a tool.

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  • Franck
    Voted No
    12/05/2018
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    Trade war is not good and a no win. Here is what economist wrote and I agree A number of US-based firms have voiced concerns over supply chain disruptions from trade wars. Harley Davidson stated that it would be shifting production aimed at the EU market outside the US to avoid the additional tariff burden, exemplifying the unintended consequences of this approach.

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  • Robert
    12/05/2018
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    You reap what you sow.

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  • Robert j.
    Voted No
    12/05/2018
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    Trade wars are easy to win. DJT Time to declare victory.

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  • ManfromNebraska
    Voted Yes
    12/06/2018
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    It may cost us now but in the long run it will benefit our country.

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  • Eunice
    Voted Maybe
    12/05/2018
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    Trump’s doing a great job. It is sad to see so many misinformed people, due to the false stories put out in media. China has been stealing us blind in every area. The possibility of trade tariffs and the implementation of real ones force dialogue which leads to negotiation and the reduction or removal of tariffs.

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  • John
    Voted No
    12/05/2018
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    Why should the country pay for 45 having an uninformed tantrum?

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  • Nick
    Voted No
    12/05/2018
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    While we should be as self-sustaining as possible we shouldn’t let a good thing go to waste. China wants our soybeans and we want their cheap labor for making textiles and electronics. While I would prefer that China treats their workers better it only hurts us to tariff their goods because they’ll just tariff us back! Tariffs are de facto taxes for both US citizens and Chinese citizens and these trade wars must stop now.

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  • Lael
    Voted No
    12/05/2018
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    No

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  • Deirdre
    Voted No
    12/05/2018
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    Hurting the American people with these trade wars. He doesn’t know what he is doing

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  • Cndrla
    Voted No
    12/05/2018
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    I would like to say I feel badly, NOT. You are the ones who voted for him so don’t cry to to us how bad it is. You made your bed know you lay in it. I don’t care if they loose their shirts. They still support the idiot. No empathy here. He’s your pile of shit! Live with it

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  • Devo.1
    Voted Yes
    12/05/2018
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    Because there is something wrong with a country who send all its good to other countries and imports all the food we eat. We need to be self sufficient. Grow our own food. Eat our own food. When the SHTF, we better be able to take care of ourselves. All the gold, Security, confidence, will mean Nothing then.

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  • Justin
    12/05/2018
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    we need to be self sufficient as a nation

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  • Paolo
    Voted No
    12/05/2018
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    Many of them will have the chance to correct the mistake made two years ago, and on the next election make sure this incompetent might go home.

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  • David
    Voted No
    12/05/2018
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    You vote for a jackass, you get what you deserve. Sadly the rest of us have to get what you deserve as well.

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  • TrulyTexan
    12/05/2018
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    More winning! for the MAGAts. Better start finding a way to blame democrats, or they may catch on that republicans are screwing them. Again.

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  • Jim2423
    Voted Yes
    12/05/2018
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    We have been lacking in the trade war. It is about time someone stood up for us.

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  • Surender
    12/05/2018
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    You voted for moron. You still support moron so deal with it!

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