On Wednesday, U.S. farmers got the news they had been fearing for months. China announced plans for retaliatory tariffs against American soybeans, the nation’s No. 2 crop. Farmers from across the Midwest comment.
The cease-fire of an escalating trade dispute between the U.S. and China is igniting hopes of a possible de-escalation drove markets to start of the week, despite retaliatory tariffs still being in place.
As the partial government shutdown enters day six, the majority of USDA isn't disrupted yet. If the standoff between the White House and Congress persists, it could impact the timing of the tariff aid relief from USDA.