China trade disputes affecting Illinois soybean farmers more
Trade disputes are impacting soybean farmers nationwide, but an Illinois Soybean Association director says since Illinois is the largest soybean producing state in the nation, trade disputes with China are impacting Illinois farmers a little more.
“About half of Illinois soybeans are exported and about half of those got to China so, this does equal to a significant amount of soybeans that used to have a home that right now are sitting in excess stocks.”
Nick Harre, ISA Director for district 17 puts the situation into perspective.
“The top three soybean producing countries are the US, Brazil and Argentina. If Illinois were a country of its own, we would be fourth on that list.”
Harre says ISA is working to relive pressure for soybean farmers. They will be meeting with buyers in India in March to promote their product since India is projected to have a higher demand for soybean products based on their growing population and increase in poultry production.
Brownfield interviewed Harre at the Illinois Double Crop Farmer’s Forum in Mt. Vernon.