Sen. Todd Young, an Indiana Republican, met Friday afternoon with local farmers at the Bartholomew County REMC to listen to their concerns. Young says that area farmers have been hammered by the weather.
Young adds that the U.S. must do all it can to protect intellectual property rights and curb other abuses by the Chinese government.
One area Sen. Young says can improve the lives of farmers would be the passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement to replace NAFTA.
Young says that Democrats on Capitol Hill aren’t interested in giving President Trump a win, but he holds out hope that the USMCA can get 60 votes in the Senate and that Republicans in the House can get enough Democrats on board to pass the measure.
Dan Arnholt, a local farmer, says that the trade dispute is impacting him and others. Arnholt shares his concerns.
Sen. Young says that federal officials are continuing to work to open up Chinese markets to farmers, while searching for other markets so that U.S. farmers aren’t at the mercy of the Chinese government.