The National Corn Growers Association is asking farmers to proactively reach out to the White House to raise awareness on the hardship they are facing in relation to the trade war with China and its impact on profits. Minnesota Corn Growers Director Adam Birr says if the trade war continues, they want the president to know they will need more than the one-cent per bushel subsidy they received last year:
“It’s never going to make us whole, the payments. But at least something that’s more commensurate with what the tariffs have done to the market. And we also really want to direct at the Administration recognizing it’s not just trade and aid package and so forth, but we need a break on some front.”
Birr says some experts believe the trade war cost corn producers about 44 cents per-bushel in 2018.