(St. Martin Parish, LA) – Today, Tariffs Hurt the Heartland released a new video featuring a Lousiana soybean farmer who was forced to leave his crop rotting in the field as a result of the trade war. Due to the administration’s tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese products, soybean farmers in Louisiana and beyond are suffering the effects of China’s retaliatory tariffs on American exports.
“We’ve had hurricanes before where it destroys a percentage of the crop, but this time we left a good crop,” said Louisiana soybean farmer, Daniel Richard. “Like one of my fellow friends said, it’s pretty depressing when you’re going to leave a crop in the field that’s 90% good.”
According to the video, farmers in Louisiana ran out of room to store soybeans waiting to be sold in their grain elevators because of the effect of tariffs on export prices. As a result, farmers were forced to leave their beans rotting in the field, which wasn’t a problem before. “It’s going to be a question of if we can maintain our operation going forward,” Daniel Richard added.
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