Trade Disputes Threaten American Farmers and Their Crops

The U.S. agricultural community—from apple producers in Washington to pecan farmers in Georgia—finds itself in the crosshairs of escalating trade tensions. Retaliatory tariffs from countries responding to U.S. trade actions jeopardize critical export markets for America's farmers. The following is a series of agricultural anecdotes that serve as a sample of the broad-based harm American farmers are experiencing as a direct result of ongoing trade disputes.

Hudson Pecan

Ocilla, Georgia


Hudson Pecan farms and harvests fresh pecans, exporting them across the world since 1999.

Job Creation and Expansion
Halted Due to Tariffs

Tariffs hurt "buyers and gets passed to growers and exporters with 'immediate impact,' according to Randy Hudson, CEO of Hudson Pecan in Ocilla, Georgia. He's holding off on planned production expansion until things become clearer. 'We were going to triple our capacity ... build another warehouse and hire another 20 people,' Hudson told CBS MoneyWatch. 'Right now it's a little uncertain. We've got to get a sense for what's going to happen."

CBS News - 05/09/18

Gebbers Farm

Brewster, Washington

A 100% family-owned farm that is the largest provider of cherries in the world, Gebbers Farm has been active for over a century, harvesting both cherries and apples.

Tariffs Jeopardize Sales

During this trade dispute between the U.S. and China, "Beijing began insisting on inspecting all shipments of U.S.-produced apples, making it impossible for Washington suppliers to continue to trade, Cass Gebbers, president and CEO of Gebbers Farms in Brewster, Wash., told Congress in July. While that situation improved after a while, China has boosted tariffs on U.S. apples, pears and cherries to 50 percent, from 10 percent previously, in response to duties imposed by Trump. That jeopardizes about $130 million in cherry sales, $50 million in apple sales and $1.5 million in pear sales to the Asian market, Gebbers said."

Politico - 2018

Rusty Smith

Cotton Plant, Arkansas

Rusty farms corn and soybeans

Tariffs Making a Bad Situation Worse

"For farmers like Mr. Smith, who grows corn and soybeans on 1,500 acres in Cotton Plant, Ark., the 16% decline in soybean prices alone translates into a nearly $100 per-acre drop in the value of his crop. 'That's $100,000 that has disappeared into thin air,' he said. 'We were already in the red, and now it's even worse.'"

Wall Street Journal - 07/02/18

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