Farmers continue to support President Trump, despite negative impact from trade policies

Farmers continue to support President Trump, despite negative impact from trade policies

DES MOINES, Iowa (GRAY DC) — Allison Brown comes to the Iowa State Fair every year.

She's a pig, cattle, corn, and soybean farmer.

“I love it. It’s the Iowa State Fair," exclaimed Brown. "There is no better place!”

Her farm is taking a hit as the Trump administration takes a tough stance against China.

“There is a concern, but I think what the administration is doing - I think that’s right for the long run,” said Brown.

Brown says she voted for President Trump in 2016, and she continues to fully support the president and his actions on trade.

“He’s playing hard ball, and that’s what farmers like," continued Brown. "So we’re pretty tough, and we want somebody that’s in our leadership position to be tough with us.”

The Republican Party is running a booth here at the Iowa State Fair touting President Trump.

But just across the aisle, the Democratic Party is hoping to bring concerned farmers to their side.

“The conversations I’ve had with farmers is that they are frustrated by this president. He’s broken his promises time and time again,” Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price said.

Politicians who want to become the next president are engaging farmers at the fair - making trade policy a 2020 campaign issue.

The Iowa Farm Bureau president says he just wants what's best for farmers.

“They need to see hope at the end of the tunnel," Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill said. "They need to see that there is going to be a brighter day next year or the following year. We are willing to wait and take the pain, but it can’t persist forever.”

It’s hard to predict how long farmers will feel the pain.

So for now, the fair is a welcome distraction from the worries on the farm.

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