The vegetable canning industry is hurting due to the high cost of metal

The closing of several canning plants has the industry on edge. Food groups say the U.S. has become a net importer of food, leaving processors and farmers in a bad spot.

The Midwest Food Products Association says large operations are closing in several states. President Jason Culotta tells Brownfield Ag News the industry is slowing and the cost of metal is hurting canning operations.

The previous Administration had a 20 percent tariff on foreign steel, which is still in place. Culotta says foreign processors are exempt from the steel tariff, allowing them to undercut domestic processors.