Farm groups hang on Trump trade talk

Farm groups hung on every word President Trump used when addressing trade in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

Minnesota Farm Bureau president Kevin Paap says the Trump Administration must resolve ongoing trade disputes with China, Canada, and Mexico.

“In agriculture we’ve got both financial and emotional challenges out there, and trade is probably the biggest one. Whether it be the steel and aluminum tariffs (or) other things with trade, we’ve got to be at the table (and) get this done sooner versus later.”

Minnesota Farmers Union president Gary Wertish tells Brownfield the President should’ve spent more time on agriculture.

“We need to focus on a number of issues, but the trade tariff issue needs to be settled and (Trump) briefly mentioned that. But that’s really having an impact on all farmers.”

During his speech, President Trump said he has great respect for Chinese president Xi and confirmed a U.S. trade delegation is heading to China later this month.

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