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Chinese Ambassador Chui Tian Kai (left) and Republican Senator Steve Daines spoke to the press after a meeting at a ranch near Belgrade, Montana in Sept., 2017
Nate Hegyi / YPR

Montana Republican Senator Steve Daines says he’s encouraged that President Trump appears interested in the US returning to negotiations to become part of Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. And Daines said he told the President farmers and ranchers prefer access to international markets to subsidies that would protect them from tariffs.

How might the trade sanctions President Donald Trump is proposing for China affect Montanans? We put that question to former Montana Senator Max Baucus, who also served as U.S. Ambassador to China in the Obama administration. In October, Baucus joined former Republican Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana to form an advocacy group called Farmers For Free Trade, which represents the National Wheat and Corn Growers Associations, the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation, among others. 

The brewing trade war between China and the U.S. is making Montana farmers and ranchers nervous.

ALCOM Plant Manager Ron Neibauer. Alcom produces high-end aluminum trailers in its 100,000 square foot facility in Bonner, MT.
Edward O'Brien

Bonner's former Stimson plywood mill east of Missoula shuttered its doors back in 2008. To the casual observer, the site’s drab exterior along Highway 200 suggests very little has happened there since. It turns out just the opposite is true.

Inside, 17 businesses are thriving on the 170-acre site, and several could be directly affected by the Trump administration’s new tariffs on aluminum and steel.

Hay field. File photo.
PD

Montana's congressional delegation is criticizing President Trump's order to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, saying that the decision will harm the state's farmers and ranchers.

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