Bill Gordon, of Worthington, Minnesota, views his washed-out farmland. Photo: Xinyan Yu

US farmers swamped by trade war tariffs and unprecedented rains

  • Heavy weather is killing spring plantings, compounded by loss of Chinese market
  • The financial strain of low crop prices, aggravated by the poor weather and politics, may be escalating farm-related suicides
Topic |   US-China trade war

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Bill Gordon, of Worthington, Minnesota, views his washed-out farmland. Photo: Xinyan Yu
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China’s soybean imports from the United States have plunged, but a top agriculture official says the country can diversify its sources. Photo: Reuters

Beijing warns US farmers may lose China market for good, but plays down tariffs impact at home

  • Han Jun, vice-minister of agriculture and rural affairs, says Chinese farmers can export products to non-US markets to weather impact of trade war
  • Country will also be able to source enough soybeans to meet domestic demand
Topic |   US-China trade war

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China’s soybean imports from the United States have plunged, but a top agriculture official says the country can diversify its sources. Photo: Reuters
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