Farmers need real free trade, not aid
To the editor:
Congressman Hagedorn was quoted in The Journal April 26 as saying he’s a promoter of Minnesota agriculture, but when you look at the conditions on the ground it’s a different and bleak picture.
As a result of the Trump administration’s 25% ag tariffs, farmers have taken a hit in sales of beans, corn and pork. The cost of equipment and infrastructure has risen 20% due to tariffs on steel on top of three years of profits in the trough. He says he’s only for North American trade, but China, a larger market share, now is building infrastructure in Brazil and buying commodities there, which could make the market move permanently in that direction.
The $12 billion aid package last year will never cover the loss of markets and is sketchy as to who benefits. Mr. Hagedorn, farmers need real free trade, not aid!