Farmers Celebrate Ag Appreciation Day As Tariff Concerns Continue
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Trade tensions continue between the Trump administration and China.
China retaliated today by slapping another $16 billion dollars in tariffs on American goods. The tariffs may have a domino effect here at home.
It’s a beautiful sunny day in Sioux Falls. Farmers for as far as the eye can see rejoice over a warm meal and cool drink.
It’s Ag Appreciation Day.
“You realize how important farmers are and the occupation they have and the work they do,” said Lennox farmer Arlan Haggna.
The live music provides farmers a much-needed escape.
“Our families in South Dakota and throughout the Midwest are suffering right now and they need relief immediately,” said South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem. “In six months, many of them won’t be in business anymore if these tariffs aren’t released.”
Ever since January, it’s been a back and forth exchange of tariffs between the Trump Administration and China.
Noem is a farmer and rancher herself. She says she’s repeatedly voiced her strong concerns about retaliatory tariffs to President Trump.
“China is specifically targeting our farmers and ranchers and it’s been devastating to the agriculture community and their ability to make an income,” said Noem.
While there may be no end in sight for tariffs, an election is just around the corner. State Senator Billie Sutton is running for South Dakota governor, just like Noem. Both Sutton and his running mate, Michelle Lavallee, grew up on South Dakota farms.
“It’s part of our roots,” said Lavallee. “South Dakota farmers want to earn their markets and I think that’s always been the way. I think the tariffs create a new type of problem for the market.”
Both campaigns say they are aiming for open markets and an immediate end to tit-for-tat tariffs.
On Sunday, Trump tweeted “tariffs are working big time.”