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More hurdles in place for America’s farmers

Kai Ryssdal and Liz Sanchez Apr 15, 2019
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Soybeans are harvested in 2018. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

More hurdles in place for America’s farmers

Kai Ryssdal and Liz Sanchez Apr 15, 2019
Soybeans are harvested in 2018. Mark Wilson/Getty Images
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In recent trade and tariff news, the White House has asked China to change some of the punitive tariffs placed on U.S. agricultural goods, like soybeans and corn. Those are the main crops on Keith Alverson’s farm in Chester, South Dakota. His business has been affected by the tariffs that were imposed starting last summer, and since then, the weather has also made an impact. Last week, a snow storm swept through the northwestern region of America’s Midwest, bringing heavy snow and strong winds. “It is miserable up here in South Dakota,” Alverson said in an interview with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal. “We’ve had a flood, we’ve had about a foot of snow and we’ve had ice,” he said. 

Click the audio player above to hear the interview.

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