SD Senators Say Farmers Need A Long Term Solution

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South Dakota’s two U.S. senators say farmers need a longer term solution to better trade opportunities than what the Trump administration is offering in the short-term.

“My hope would be that the administration refocus when it comes to agriculture on new bilateral or multilateral, or however we decide to do it, trade agreements countries around the world that create more markets for South Dakota products,” Senator John Thune said.

In the meantime, we’ve got farmers and ranchers that have seen their balance sheets reduced anywhere from $600 million to $1 billion based on the loss of commodity values for them throughout the state,” Senator Mike Rounds said.

Senator Rounds says the $12 billion bailout probably won’t be enough to cover all the loses farmers have seen as a result of the tariffs.

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