For the farm bureau, it’s a challenging line to walk: Many in the group supported President Donald Trump in 2016, but they’re nonetheless concerned about Trump’s decision on tariffs. They want U.S. steel to succeed, they say, but “any time trade is disrupted, we are at risk,” said Osswald.
For his part, Brown has made it clear where he stands, publicly applauding the decision to impose tariffs. He said he would fight any retaliation other countries might try to impose for the tariffs, adding that “I don’t subscribe to the theory that trade agreements play off auto workers against farmers.”
“These are trade enforcement actions,” he said. “And we’ve done that throughout our history.”
Those sentiments were echoed by Robert Suver, a Clark County soy bean farmer, who said he believes Trump imposed the tariffs to gain leverage in negotiations with Mexico and Canada over NAFTA.
He said he does not believe China will reciprocate.
“Agriculture is always vulnerable and we’ve got to be aware,” he said. “But I don’t think they’re going to come out and shut down the imports.”