‘We’re Tightening Our Belt’: Trump’s Midwest Support Tested As Farmers Struggle

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Farmers in the rural Midwest say they are struggling because of President Trump’s ongoing trade war and a recent decision the president made on renewable fuels made from corn and soybeans that benefits the oil industry.

“We’re tightening our belt,” farmer Aaron Lehman says while driving his tractor down a rural road near his farm north of Des Moines, Iowa. “We’re talking to our lenders, our landlords [and] our input suppliers.”

Lehman, the president of the Iowa Farmers Union, says his members say they’re trying to find any way to cut costs just to make ends meet. He says they’re concerned about the escalating trade war.

“Instead we chose to insult our trade allies, pick all sorts of fights with our trade allies,” Lehman says. “And then go to China and make outrageous demands that we knew were not going to be met.”

Article URL : https://www.npr.org/2019/09/15/760588429/we-re-tightening-our-belt-trump-s-midwest-support-tested-as-farmers-struggle

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