Ten­nessee farm­ers urge end to tar­iff con­fronta­tion with China

The Commercial Appeal - - Front Page - Jamie McGee Nashville Ten­nessean USA TO­DAY NET­WORK - TEN­NESSEE

FedEx Freight boss Mike Ducker re­tir­ing Aug. 15.

HENRY — Jimmy Tosh, a third-gen­er­a­tion farmer in this north­west Ten­nessee town, plans to add 30 new barns to raise pigs in and ex­pand pro­duc­tion for his fam­ily-owned farm that em­ploys 380 in­di­vid­u­als. His plans are less cer­tain now as he looks at the in­crease in steel prices and a smaller mar­ket for pork — the re­sults of a tar­iff con­fronta­tion with China.

Re­bar pric­ing has in­creased 17 per­cent since the steel tar­iff was an­nounced, mak­ing the new barns more In­side Manuel Du­ran’s ar­rest was re­tal­i­a­tion for news cov­er­age, lawyers say. ex­pen­sive, he said. With China the third largest mar­ket for U.S. pork, Tosh said he ex­pects rev­enue to de­cline.

“That is a mar­ket that is go­ing to be hard to be re­placed,” Tosh said, sit­ting in an of­fice dec­o­rated with a pig clock and pig-themed pil­lows. “If we have higher costs and lower rev­enues, that equals less profit. We’ll have to rein in ex­pan­sion.”

Tosh is among Ten­nessee farm­ers con­cerned about the tar­iff show­down un­der­way be­tween Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and China. When Trump an­nounced new tar­iffs on im­ported alumi- The state’s largest news or­ga­ni­za­tion is part­ner­ing with the Jack­son Cham­ber, the Jack­son En­ergy Au­thor­ity, Lane Col­lege, Lead­er­ship Ten­nessee and WBBJ Tele­vi­sion. Where:

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