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Goodman’s family farms 4,000 acres of corn and soybeans in Fulton Co., KY.

Major Trade Agreements Have Ohio Farmers Expressing Optimism

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The U.S. has reached two major trade agreements with international partners in the past month, with the Trump administration pitching these deals as a way to ease the burden farmers have shouldered during the trade war with China. During the nearly two-year trade dispute, Ohio farmers have battled falling commodity prices and a struggling market…. Read More

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman

Portman Wants to Crack Down on Chinese Subsidies in Next Trade Agreement

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U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says the new trade deal with China will level the playing field with the U.S., but he urges trade negotiators to be firm as they work on Phase Two. Portman says the deal ensures China will buy more U.S. products both in agriculture and manufacturing, and that it deters intellectual… Read More

Ohio Valley Outlook: Expect A Slower Regional Economy In 2020

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The Ohio Valley’s economy could see slower growth in 2020 amid continued anxiety about trade, and possible downturns in both energy and manufacturing, according to analyses and forecasts by regional economists. Michael Hicks directs the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University in Indiana where he forecasts the health of the manufacturing… Read More

Western KY farmer Tom Folz fears a prolonged trade war could push some farmers out of business.

Farmer Fatigue: Farmers Grow Weary Of Trade War, But Most Stick With Trump

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Tom Folz drives around on a sunny, August afternoon and surveys the thousands of acres of dark green, leafy soybean plants and tall stalks of corn he grows on his sprawling farm in Christian County, Kentucky. At 54, Folz has wispy, white hair matching his white mustache. It’s taken him several long work weeks to… Read More

DeWine Slates 6-day Trade Mission to Japan for September

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine plans a trade mission to Japan next month. The Republican governor announced the six-day trip Wednesday. It will revolve around the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association annual conference in Tokyo, which hasn’t been attended by an Ohio governor in over a decade. Japan is Ohio’s top international investor, with… Read More

Distress Grows For Ohio Valley Farmers As Trade Deals Stall

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West Kentucky Farmer Barry Alexander doesn’t have an answer on when the Trump administration will reach a trade deal with China, now a year into tariffs that have hamstrung some Ohio Valley industries. Alexander is optimistic these continued negotiations will be worth it, but his plan in the meantime lies in massive, silver storage bins on Cundiff… Read More

In Ohio Valley Visits, Trump Administration Pushes Policies Supporting Mining And Metals

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In back-to-back events this week President Trump and his commerce secretary visited the Ohio Valley to tout administration policies aimed at propping up two of the region’s traditional but faltering industries — metals and mining. The president used a Tuesday rally filled with West Virginia coal miners to unveil a new plan to ease pollution… Read More

Hogwash: Farmers Fear Trump Trade Disputes Are Damaging Ag Markets

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Jimmy Tosh sells a lot of pigs. He is owner and CEO of Tosh Farms, Tosh Pork, and Bacon By Gosh, in Henry County, Tennessee, and has 84 contracted barns in the region where farmers grow pigs for his products. On a recent July day, Tosh craned over some 1,200 piglets and reflected on how recent market disturbances have affected his… Read More