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China's tariffs on U.S. exports could affect dairy farmers on Delmarva

Tariffs on U.S. exports could affect dairy farmers on Delmarva

FEDERALSBURG, Md. - A looming trade war is brewing with China. Recently, the United States slapped a $34 billion tariff on Chinese imports. It generated a response from the Chinese tariffs on billions of dollars worth of U.S. exports. 

But what does that have to do with Delmarva? Many industries here are being affected like soybean farmers, apple growers, and auto manufacturers. U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons along with Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester even sent a letter to the Secretary of Agriculture. They expressed their concerns about how the Trump Administration’s trade actions against China are harming Delaware soybean growers.

But the list doesn't stop there. The dairy industry is also at risk. 

47 ABC spoke to Nice Farms Creamery in Federalsburg to see if this could affect them. 

Owner, Bob Miller tells 47 ABC, "We have record U.S. dairy imports to our neighbors to Canada and Mexico and also China is also buying a lot of dairy products. If the exports were stronger, we tended to have higher milk prices at the farming side and that was very helpful."

This also comes at a time where the dairy industry is expecting new tariffs on cheese exported to Mexico. 

"You're dealing with lower prices as it is and now if we start getting into a tariff issue, it could potentially, I can see where it can slow those imports up and that can be very damaging," Miller tells us. 

But having these added costs are adding even more stress to a very intense job. Nice Farms, which is an independent company, has to deal with federal, state, and local regulations, which can be challenging. Beyond that, the business itself is a grueling position. They have to do 18-hour shifts and multiple jobs. 

But despite what's happening out in the world, Nice Farms is thankful that the local community is keeping them alive. 

Another $16 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese imports are expected to hit in the next two weeks. 


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