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Farmers faced struggles, uncertainty in 2019

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The main issue in the ongoing United States-China trade war isn't farming.

Iowa farmers and consumers have been collateral damage in an effort to protect the intellectual property rights of American companies.

Iowa farmers faced a challenging 2019.

Production costs, late planting and a late harvest were just some of the other challenging factors.

In addition, Americans are still dealing with China's retaliatory tariffs on U.S. Ag products, like soybeans and pork.

It all hit too close to home for area farmers, like Peter Schneider.

Peter says, “In terms of the tariff's right now, if we didn't have those tariffs in place, we could be looking at a record year in terms of profitability...and in terms of, being able to, again, to continue to make it a viable operation for years to come. it would be great if the tariffs would go away tomorrow."

It's estimated that the tariffs on Chinese imports will cost American families an extra 836 dollars this year, according to the Federal Reserve Bank. Watch the story here.

Ron Steele

Evening Anchor

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