As some of the nation’s leading soybean farmers gather to focus on checkoff priorities for the United Soybean Board, they can’t avoid the pressures they face from tariffs, and they’re placing a lot more emphasis on export diversification strategies as well.
John Heisdorffer, president of the American Soybean Association and a farmer from Keota, Iowa, joined the meeting just outside of Omaha as a liaison for the American Soybean Association (ASA). He relayed to the checkoff board members some of the conversations last week in Washington, D.C., when ASA held a board meeting and soybean farmers spent a lot of time on Capitol Hill.
“It seems like they all got the same word. Their congressman didn’t like the tariffs, but didn’t really know what to do about it,” Heisdorffer told DTN. “I did hear a little bit in D.C. to be ready for a long haul. This isn’t going to be a short-term thing.”
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