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Daines to visit China for trade negotiations

Montana senator wants state's farmers to have a seat at the table
Posted at 9:14 PM, Aug 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 18:55:46-04

With both farmers and investors nervous over the trade war, Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines will be heading to China next week to discuss ongoing trade negotiations between the two countries.

Daines said in a Tuesday news release that the purpose of the trip is to bring Montana ag to the forefront of the discussions.

"I want to make sure the voice of Montana ag is heard loud and clear in the U.S. and around the world,” Daines said. “With agriculture being Montana’s number one economic driver, and with China being the second-largest beef consumer in the world after the U.S., it is critical that the voice of Montana’s farmers and ranchers have a big seat at the table during these negotiations.”

The Trump administration unveiled a new $16 billion trade aid program for U.S. farmers hurt financially by the ongoing trade war with China in July. The president said he’s defending American farmers from unjustified trade retaliation.

Trump's comments downplaying the importance of U.S. wheat exports to Japan also rankled many Montana farmers recently.

Daines says he suppports the president's efforts to make better deals for the American worker and believes that long term solutions are key for Montana ag. He added that a deal needs to be reached with China soon.