Trade War Sinks North Dakota Soybean Farmers
North Dakota bet bigger on Chinese soybean demand than any other U.S. state.
The industry here - on the far northwestern edge of the U.S. farm belt, close to Pacific ports - spent millions on grain storage and rail-loading infrastructure while boosting plantings by five-fold in 20 years.
Now, as the world's top soybean importer shuns the U.S. market for a second growing season, Dakota farmers are reeling from the loss of the customer they spent two decades cultivating.
The state's experience underscores the uneven impact of the U.S.-China trade war across the United States. Although China's tariffs target...
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