Survey shows most midwest farmers support tariffs

Most midwest farmers support tariffs on Chinese goods. A survey by Iowa State University shows 56 percent of the 700 farmers polled are on board with the taxes.

In addition, almost 90 percent say 2018 trade payments were really helpful. According to Brownfield Ag News the survey was conducted last spring and focused on Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois.

ISU economist Wendong Zhang helped coordinate the survey.

“One of the most important findings is that, despite the income shock through the trade war on U.S. agricultural exports and farm income, 56 percent of the farmers we surveyed still support President Trump’s tariffs on Chinese products,” Zhang says. She adds that most respondents viewed the tariffs as “short term pain/long term gain”.