If we can get that corn out of the ground, maybe we can get Egypt to buy it! Rookie Representative Michael Saba (D-9/Hartford), who speaks Arabic, is leading a delegation of Egyptian officials around South Dakota to get them to buy our farm products:
“Egypt is already one of the 10 top purchasers of U.S. soybeans and U.S. corn, but we’ve never had them here directly,” Saba said.
Top Egyptian officials will be on U.S. soil later this week to talk trade delegations with South Dakota. They’ll tour Brookings, Volga, Watertown, and Aberdeen.
“They’re interested in buying soybeans, corn, wheat, and agri-technology from South Dakota,” Saba said.
Talks with different nations on trade started when the U.S. lost China, one of their largest agricultural trade partners.
Saba said as a state South Dakota needs to look for other markets since the tariffs imposed have been crippling economies.
“We as representatives of the public need to take care of our state and do the right things for our state,” Saba said [Ricardo Lewis, “State Lawmaker Announces Trade Talks with Egypt,” KSFY, 2019.10.27].
Rep. Saba appears to be taking more concrete action than our Congressional delegation to save South Dakota farmers from the Trump tariffs and from Trump welfare checks:
The side effects from the fallout earlier this year required some farmers to seek federal aid, something many don’t want. Saba is now saying that the region has seen a dramatic loss because of the dependency on the Chinese market.
“Our farmers don’t want to be dependent on subsidies. People say well they get this money in place of it. That’s taxpayer money! That’s their money and my money and your money,” Saba said [Lewis, 2019.10.27].
Just keep those Egyptians away from Neal Tapio! If they hear him tearing down Muslims, they may take their business to Iowa, where they plan to spend two days. Come on, Saba and South Dakota! Make the sale!