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Oregon’s ag industry ‘caught in the crossfire’ of U.S. trade war with China

Hazelnuts are just one Oregon export impacted by increased tariffs from a trade war with China. (Oregon Department of Agriculture Flickr)

As the U.S. and China go tit-for-tat in an escalating trade war started by President Donald Trump, Oregon companies are caught in the fray.

Farmers who could previously depend on China to buy their products are left looking elsewhere for buyers as other countries supply the Chinese market. With Trump threatening to impose new tariffs, relief doesn’t appear to be in sight.

“This is a very serious issue, and the longer it goes on, the worse it’s going to get,” said Blake Rowe, CEO of the Oregon Wheat Growers League.

In July, Trump imposed new tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods, meaning many Chinese products will become 25% more expensive when . . .