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From left: Assistant Professor of Economics Wendong Zhang, Seed Science Center Global Programs Lead Lulu Rodriguez, and Assistant Professor of Agricultural Communications Shuyang Qu.
11.6.2019

3 reasons Midwest farmers hurt by the U.S.-China trade war still support Trump

By The Conversation

America’s farmers have borne the brunt of China’s retaliation in the trade war that President Donald Trump launched in 2018. But despite losing billions of dollars in exports, farmers continue to show strong support for the president. According to a recent survey conducted by Iowa State University Assistant Professor of Economics Wendong Zhang, Assistant Professor of Agricultural Communications Shuyang Qu, and Seed Science Center Global Program Lead Lulu Rodriguez, the reasoning behind the continued support is threefold. Among the 693 Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota farmers surveyed, a combination of government financial assistance, belief in long-term gain, and frustration with China’s buying behavior was cited.