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Opinion: The pandemic has America's farmers on the brink. This could help us survive

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

For farmers to truly survive and thrive, they need the freedom to trade with partners across the globe — without prohibitive tariffs and restrictions standing in the way, writes Daniel Kelley, a corn and soybean farmer near Normal, Illinois.

Farmers across the United States were already struggling before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

For farmers to truly survive and thrive, they need the freedom to trade with partners across the globe — without prohibitive tariffs and restrictions standing in the way.

African Swine fever has decimated pork herds across Europe and Asia, obliterating the need for feed like soybeans, which their producers were sourcing from the United States.

Ethanol is produced from corn, and its use has decreased significantly due to the weakened demand — a result of the recent oil price war and the fact that so many Americans are still staying home.

The US House recently passed a $3 trillion federal stimulus package that included special assistance for dairy producers and farmers of specialty crops, like fruit and vegetables.

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