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Farmers Talk Trade Disputes At Commodity Classic


(Orlando, FL) — Farmers from across the nation gathered in Orlando, Florida last week for the annual Commodity Classic, a convention of corn, soybean, wheat, and grain sorghum growers, along with the Equipment Manufacturers Association. The predominant talk at Commodity Classic focused on the trade tariffs. Lindsey Greiner of Keota, Iowa serves as the president of the Iowa Soybean Association. He says farmers are wondering how long the trade war will continue?

Greiner says farmers are wondering if the U-S will be able to recapture the Chinese market share, they once enjoyed, after the trade tariffs are lifted? The Iowa Soybean Association president says soybean officials are planning a return trip to China to hopefully solidify relations.

Greiner says he wonders if South American nations such as Brazil and Argentina will increase their soybean acres in anticipation of an expanding soybean trade with China?

Greiner says Iowa is known as a corn and soybean state, and he doesn’t anticipate farmers will make many changes to their farming plans. He believes the planted acres for corn and soybeans in Iowa will remain fairly consistent.