U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today issued the following statement after the administration announced it is dramatically escalating its trade war, which is already hurting North Dakota’s largest industries and has left North Dakota farmers without any soybean orders from China, which is usually the largest market for North Dakota soybeans.
“The reckless escalation of the administration’s trade war is having serious consequences for rural America, which is already suffering from the uncertainty and low commodity prices caused by the disruptions to our markets,”Heitkamp said. “Many family farms are afraid they won’t be able to pay the bills if this misguided trade war continues. Our ag economy, and the families whose livelihoods depend on it, cannot afford further disruption. There are smart ways to deal with China’s cheating on trade – but stepping on our farmers is not one of them.”