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Agriculture

US farmers speak out against Trump's trade policy

China tensions and COVID hit agriculture -- and chip away at a key support base

President Donald Trump's onging trade war and inflammatory rhetoric toward China has come back to haunt American farmers.   © AFP/Jiji

NEW YORK -- Christopher Gibbs, a soybean farmer based in Ohio, voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 with high hopes for better policy. But now Gibbs, along with many others, says he is disappointed.

"The president promised better trade deals, but that was all smoke and mirrors," Gibbs told the Nikkei Asian Review. "What we didn't anticipate was that the president would destroy all of these trading relationships that U.S. farmers have built over the past three decades, particularly in China."

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