Hurt but still loyal to Trump: Iowan farmers willing to be patient despite trade war hitting profits

Soya bean farmers in the battleground state of Iowa, America's biggest soya bean-producing state, have become collateral damage in the US-China trade war. But even as some blame President Donald Trump, most lean towards voting for him again in 2020. US bureau chief Nirmal Ghosh reports.

Many farmers in Iowa - a state that in 2016 helped pave the way to the White House for Mr Donald Trump - are willing to give the President more time for a deal with China despite the trade war dramatically reducing the profitability of their vast soya bean crops.

Mr Dave Walton, whose ancestors have farmed in various parts of this state - divided by the broad Mississippi River - since the 1600s, has a 404ha farm with 283ha under corn and soya beans.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 23, 2019, with the headline 'Iowan farmers willing to be patient despite trade war hitting profits'. Print Edition | Subscribe