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Trade and government shutdown dominate farm expo discussion

Trade and the government shutdown are overshadowing every other topic at the MN Ag Expo in Mankato, Minnesota. 

Minnesota Corn Growers Association executive director Adam Birr says the shutdown is being discussed even more than he thought it would.

“I was coming to the show sort of wondering what is going to be the topic of conversation, and (the shutdown) obviously has been pervasive. And kind of linked to that, trade is something that a lot of folks have been talking about as well.”

Joe Smentek is executive director of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association.

“A lot of the issues have surrounded trade and the trade war we have (and) how we are going to resolve it and what are we going to do to weather it and come out stronger on the other side.”

And Birr tells Brownfield these disruptions caused by the federal government are harming farmers.

“That’s kind of been the theme of the year, right? Whether we’re talking about trade or the farm bill, in these economic times it’s all about needing some certainty.”

The Minnesota Corn and Soybean Growers Associations jointly host the Ag Expo, which coincides with their annual meetings.

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