(Bismarck, ND) – While Cramer bafflingly says he is happy with the way the trade war has played out so far, North Dakota’s farmers and manufacturers are suffering the consequences. One Valley City farmer who attended Cramer’s trade town hall last week said he and others are “concerned with what the tariffs are doing to North Dakota agriculture as a whole… we feel like we’re losing our market share.”
Even Secretary Perdue acknowledged that this trade war “could not have come at a worse time” for farmers with farm income for 2018 forecasted to decline and borrowing up 21 percent since 2012, reaching debt levels from the 80s.
And the $12 billion bailout that Cramer has taken credit for? It’s simply a band-aid solution on top of what was an avoidable problem – a fact that both administration officials and agriculture experts have both stated:
- Farmers “cannot pay their bills with simple patriotism.” – Agriculture Secretary Perdue
- “It’s not going to make anybody whole.” – North Dakota Soybean Growers Association Executive Director Nancy Johnson