Missouri farmer leaves his fields for the swamp, meets with lawmakers over tariff concerns

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- A Missouri farmer leaves his fields for the swamp as he makes the case to lawmakers that international trade wars are hurting his family business. Our Washington Reporter Alana Austin catches up with him on Capitol Hill.

“There is a point when you have to draw the line and you have to get out of the business," said Casey Guernsey, Americans for Farmers & Families spokesman.

From droughts, to rising equipment costs and declining prices, Guernsey says farmers have weathered many storms. While he believes President Donald Trump wants to help farmers, he says recent tariffs could be the last straw.

“I may very well be the last generation of my family to farm," said Guernsey.

Guernsey - a former GOP state lawmaker who supported Trump in the 2016 election - is on Capitol Hill calling on policy-makers to settle these diplomatic disputes.

Recently the Trump administration announced tariffs on steel and aluminum, saying they want to stop unfair trade deals. That led to retaliation from China, Canada, Mexico and the EU.

“The President is not wrong whenever he says that the trading roles are skewed against the United States," said Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton.

Cotton points out the White House has promised a plan to provide relief to farmers caught in the cross-fire of a trade war.

But the details of that long-promised plan have yet to emerge. Meantime, farmers in the region are feeling the pain.

“I do worry about the impact that it has on some of our Arkansas businesses, our farmers, our ranchers, our foresters,” said Cotton.

And more pain may be coming - new tariffs from Canada take effect July 1st.

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