Prolonged Trade War Putting Illinois Farmers At Risk

Central Illinois farmers continue to harvest their corn crops as the sun sets Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Berlin, Ill. The corn and soybean harvests are well underway in the Midwest and helped by excellent weather conditions. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

A prolonged trade war is putting Illinois farmers at risk. President Trump increased tariffs last week, and China responded with fees on 60 billion in U.S. items. Farmers were already dealing with 25-percent tariffs imposed on farm goods by China, seriously affecting their bank accounts. China is the biggest importer of U.S. soybeans, which are facing increasing tariffs.

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