The following story will move Sunday as this week’s Monday Spotlight, a feature showcasing the best off-the-news enterprise in the AP report:
CHINA TARIFFS-FARMING — Don Bloss knows farming has its ups and downs, but this time is different. As he drove his combine, cutting wheat amid the rolling fields of southeast Nebraska, Bloss said tariffs imposed by China and other countries in response to President Donald Trump’s tariffs have worsened an already bleak picture for area farmers. Some of his neighbors, already squeezed by other industry trends, have decided to quit farming. The Trump administration’s tariffs coincide with tighter immigration limits and decreased demand due to ethanol policy changes, producing what one expert described as akin to “storm clouds on the horizon and some of those are a lot closer overhead than we’d care for.” By David Pitt. Upcoming: 800 words, photos.