He'll Make South America Great Again
Now that Trump's primary campaign has made him such a strong contender for the nomination, his zeal to "Make America Great Again" needs some examination from our ag industry. What has surfaced so far doesn't look all that great. Actually, it looks downright nasty and brutish--and none too short if he makes it to the White House. Last Summer when Trump was talking to Sean Hannity of Fox News about our trade relationship with Japan he said, "you look at Japan with the boats that come pouring in with cars--you know what we send Japan? We send them beef. We send them wheat. We send them corn." Trump's dismissive tone toward American ag exports didn't go unnoticed by industry participants. The Daily Reporter out of Spencer, Iowa, immediately observed that "Japan is U.S. agriculture's biggest market . . . if Trump's trade policy is implemented, Japan would look for a new source of beef, wheat and corn. Brazil, Canada and Argentina will love that opportunity and the EU will be happy to sell Japan more pork." As far as ag is concerned, Trump's slogan might as well be "Make South America great again."
It's actually pretty frustrating to watch the Trumpistas lapping up this bellicose rhetoric about trade without realizing that our trade partners won't just sit there and take it. They're perfectly capable of retaliating in kind and shopping elsewhere for goods that they're buying from Americans. From our perspective here in the Plains and the Midwest, the retaliation would probably
Trump Will Do Them Some Good
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Donald and those Trumpistas of his seem to think that our trading partners and adversaries will just roll over at a snap of his fingers, which is just plain delusional in a world where trade is a multi-dimensional affair. If this guy is the great negotiator he claims to be, he should be able to talk us into the better trade deals he envisions without threats of open warfare that could set back decades of good results that South Dakota ag producers have gotten from administrations of both parties.
My next post will be about how Trump's inflexible stand on immigration will crush American farmers if it comes to pass.