July 20, 2019
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Maine farmers fear trickle-down pain from Chinese tariffs

Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Ken Cox carries trays of wild blueberries to a tractor at a farm in Union, Aug. 24, 2018.

Maine farmers aren’t major exporters to China, but that doesn’t mean they’re immune from a trade war.

Dale Cole from Cole Farm in Sidney said China’s retaliation against President Donald Trump’s tariffs by imposing higher tariffs on $60 billion worth of American goods is bad news for farmers.

He told NBC affiliate News Center Maine that even those who don’t trade directly with China will feel a trickle-down effect that could make business “unsustainable.”

The director of the Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources, Nancy McBrady, said the impact of tariffs will be bigger on farmers in the Midwest. McBrady said Maine’s biggest trading partner is Canada, not China.

McBrady said wild blueberries and potatoes are Maine’s only agricultural exports that are large enough to feel a significant impact.


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