Donald Trump isn’t whacking all farmers with his reckless trade war. One subset of the ag industry hasn’t suffered much under the taxes Trump has levied on Americans buying Chinese goods… and it’s a subset of farmers least compatible with the Trump Administration’s blinkered vision of farming: the organic farmers who rely on local markets!
“We have a little more autonomy,” [Michigan farmer Joel] Layman said of organic farmers. “I’m not reliant upon the world market. I’m relying on my neighbor who’s my customer.”
Layman’s peers in one of the fastest-growing sectors of American agriculture generally agree: While President Donald Trump’s trade war with China has dominated conversation among conventional farmers, organic farmers have had the luxury of focusing on other things.
“In terms of what you hear about from the broader community, this hasn’t been it,” said Patty Lovera, policy director for the Organic Farmers Association [April Simpson, “Why Many Organic Farmers ‘Didn’t Notice the Trade War’,” Pew Charitable Trusts: Stateline via West Central Tribune, 2020.02.10].