Maine farmers fear trickle-down from Chinese tariffs

May 15, 2019 GMT

SIDNEY, Maine (AP) — Maine farmers aren’t major exporters to China, but that doesn’t mean they’re immune from a trade war.

Dale Cole from Cole Farm in Sidney said China’s retaliation against President Trump’s tariffs by imposing higher tariffs on $60 billion worth of American goods is bad news for farmers.

He tells News Center Maine that even those who don’t trade directly with China will feel a trickle-down effect that could make business “unsustainable.”


The director of the Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources says the impact of tariffs will be bigger on farmers in the Midwest. Nancy McBrady says Maine’s biggest trading partner is Canada, not China.

McBrady says wild blueberries and potatoes are Maine’s only agricultural exports that are large enough to feel a significant impact.