KANSAS CITY, MO – With impeachment proceedings dominating headlines, some have forgotten the ongoing trade disputes that have affected farmers and ranchers.

KMZU was at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Trade Talks last week, and caught up with some producers, and producer organizations about their thoughts on trade.

Beef Cattle Specialist Paul Dykstra, indicated producers are each weathering the storm in their own way.  Dykstra said his company logged its 13th record year in term of sales volume.

He also said gains in the beef market are still measurable, despite the trade war.

Nick Giordano is Vice President and Council for Global Government Affairs, National Pork Producers Council.  He says pork is an important indicator for the consumer price index, and the American pork market is still healthy.

The market was much worse off this time last year, when approximately $12 were taken off every hog sold due to tariffs.

Giordano also says, there are larger issues at stake than simply farm markets.  The new “cold war” with China, is also about the country’s rising status, intellectual property and technology transfer.

Excerpts from Thursday newsmaker for 11/21/19