Series: Wisconsin Ag And Global Trade

Agriculture is a cornerstone of the Wisconsin economy, and farmers across the state rely on international markets for customers. The commodities exported around the world include some of Wisconsin's most common agricultural products, including cheese and soybeans, as well as a host of specialized products that have come to symbolize the state's bounty, such as ginseng and cranberries. In the early 21st century, Wisconsin's largest agricultural export destination by far has been Canada, followed by Mexico, China and other nations. Farmers who rely on exports face uncertainties driven by fluctuating international demand, variable commodities markets and shifts in global politics, including an escalating series of tariffs levied between the United States and some of its closest trading partners. These changing conditions have impacts that ripple across the state’s broader agricultural economy.
 
The ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China continues to raise concerns among Wisconsin farmers. Wisconsin Farmers Union president Darin Von Ruden discusses how farmers navigate low commodity prices on top of this trade uncertainty.
Wisconsin producers are seeing the effects of the trade wars.
As trade disputes affect agricultural exports, particularly dairy products, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation president Jim Holte discusses a proposed federal aid package for farmers.
Commodity prices, tariffs and the global market for agricultural products are weighing on Wisconsin farms. Kevin Bernhardt, a professor of agribusiness at UW-Platteville, discusses future prospects for farmers in the state.
As the Trump administration ignites trade wars around the globe, Canada is fanning the flames, and has clearly done its homework on Wisconsin.
It's a waiting game for Wisconsin farmers as they watch the market to see how a trading spat between the United States and China will affect prices for their products.
The spirit of open trade with foreign markets reflected in recent trade policies has a direct impact on the Wisconsin economy.
Timber has long been a contentious issue in the trade relationship between the United States and Canada.
Wisconsin exports a diverse array of agricultural products around the world One high-profile item is ginseng, an herb that has been grown in parts of central Wisconsin for over a century.
Wisconsin agriculture is feeling the squeeze after China announced retaliatory tariffs against the United States. Ginseng Board of Wisconsin president Bob Kaldunski discusses the perspective of growers of a product popular among Chinese consumers.