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Trade angst discussed in Senate Ag Committee meeting

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Agriculture is facing uncertain times. The issues with trade have left many farmers feeling nervous about next year’s crop. The Senate Agriculture Committee discussed these issues during their meeting on Thursday.

With trade uncertainty with China, the European Union, Mexico, and Canada, it has made farmers more than a little nervous. Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) explains.

While there is an agreement between the United States and Mexico, we still do not have a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Senate Ag Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) says this is too much uncertainty for producers.

The United States Department of Agriculture has unveiled programs to aid producers, but Chairman Roberts says no commodity group thinks the plan goes far enough.

Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) went right after President Trump’s trade policy, calling trade disputes with the European Union and our NAFTA partners, “insane”.

Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) says farmers are worried the “light at the end of the tunnel is a train heading towards them.”