Tariffs continue to shrink farmers’ pocketbooks

For John Thaemert and other Kansas farmers, the most recent round of newly negotiated U.S. trade agreements has more questions than answers.

Like most small, independent producers, Thaemert, who farms more than 1,000 acres of wheat, milo and soybean crops near Sylvan Grove, has the same hope each year as he drills seed — that what springs forth results in good yields at a fair price.

But trade tariffs imposed this year have affected market prices, which, in turn, hurt farmers like Thaemert just trying to make a profit.

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