Local farmers react to trade deal


Some farmers are asking if the new trade deal with Mexico and Canada could have an effect on prices they get for their grains.

“They use of a lot of our feed grains and input things like that and livestock as well as crop production,” says Max Tjaden, Clearwater farmer. “And why would you want to travel all the way to Brazil to get your soybeans when they’re right across the line?”

While Max wonders whether or not Canada and Mexico trade will boost farm prices, he remains practical. He says he knows market move on speculation.

He also says he is not convinced the old NAFTA trade deal was ideal for U.S. producers.

“Out of the three participants we probably had the short end of the stick compared to the other two countries, Mexico and Canada,” says Tjaden. “It needed to be redone. Things change. It was time to get something done and it get it changed.”

And while he’s not talking politics, and he remains uncertain about prices, he says he remains hopeful. He also says for better or worse, President Trump and others got a new deal done on trade and that will at least lead to change.

“I think it’s a good deal,” says Tjaden. “Kudos to the President. He said he was going to do it and he did it and he got all the other parties on board.”

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