St. Louis Post-Dispatch: From nails to soybeans, Missouri is feeling the effect of tariffs

President Donald Trump’s trade war is starting to affect livelihoods in the heartland.

In Poplar Bluff, Mo., Mid Continent Nail has laid off 60 workers and expects to cut more if it doesn’t get relief from Trump’s steel tariffs.

Midwestern farmers, meanwhile, are reeling from tariffs that China announced last week on $50 billion worth of U.S. products, including soybeans, pork and chicken. July futures prices for soybeans, Missouri’s most important crop, have fallen almost 15 percent in the last two months.


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