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Farm Groups Sound Alarm Over Trump’s China Trade War Escalation

  • American Farm Bureau says China’s import halt is ‘a body blow’
  • Rural voters are a key constituency for Trump’s re-election
A farmer is reflected in a window during a soybean harvest in Walnut, Illinois.

A farmer is reflected in a window during a soybean harvest in Walnut, Illinois.

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Major American farm groups sounded an alarm Monday after China halted U.S. agriculture imports, signaling a key Republican political constituency is losing patience with President Donald Trump’s escalating trade war.

Zippy Duvall, president of the the American Farm Bureau Federation, the nation’s largest and most influential general farm organization, called China’s import cut-off “a body blow to thousands of farmers and ranchers who are already struggling to get by.”