UPDATED 1:10 PM PT – Sat. Oct. 6, 2018
Dairy farmers express concern, as trade tensions between China and the U.S. begin to effect America’s agriculture sector.
China rolled out 25 percent tariffs on a number of goods — including dairy products — in July, following the enactment of U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum goods.
U.S. farmers were hit hard by the recent penalties, and have urged the administration to make de-escalating the trade dispute with china a top-priority.
Wisconsin’s governor spoke out on how the issue effects local farmers, during the World Dairy Expo in the state.
“I’ve, over the years, have said no matter what happens in Washington, as long as governors and state delegations are visiting places from Mexico to Canada to China to the UK, to other places around the world, that shows we’re interested in trade.” – Scott Walker (R) Wisconsin governor
Beijing had been the third largest market for U.S. dairy prior to the move.
The U.S. exported almost $600 millions worth of dairy products to china just last year.