Local farmer already feeling the pain of recently imposed Chinese tariffs

Farmer David Williams says the Chinese tariff's on soy beans is already hurting his bottom line. (Photo Credit: Drew Moore/WSMH)

David Williams, from Elsie, is a fifth-generation farmer and works 3,800 acres growing soy bean, wheat, and corn throughout Mid-Michigan. He says the recently imposed tariffs against soy beans imposed by the Chinese government in retaliations to the United States tariffs has already hurt his bottom line.

“The commodity prices have already dropped by $2 in the past six weeks. On an average year I can harvest about 110,000 bushels in soy. These tariffs hurt our bottom line, they hurt every farmers bottom line,” Williams says.

One out of every three rows of soy beans planted in the country is exported to China every year. That amounts to $14 Billion in exports per year. Williams is afraid China’s demand for soy will be satisfied by other countries like Brazil.

“They will just make more fields to keep up with the increased demand. Nobody wins a trade war, I don’t care what the administration says. We are not going to come out ahead, China isn’t going to come out ahead. In the meantime, the people that are out here every day feeding the world are just being forgotten about,” Williams says.

He says the president was voted into office primarily because of the support of farmers. He believes these tariffs could hurt the president the most come election time.

“It’s a very distinct possibility. I could never do this to my constituents, I don’t care I would find another way. Sometimes I think the politicians think this is a great big game. They can move all of these things around but they are affecting people’s lives, and that isn’t right,” Williams says.

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