It’s almost become a game where the movers and shakers tease the commodity market with a carrot only to pull it back a day later and say, “never mind.”

The market teaser is the U.S.-China “trade talks.” The news April 2 was negotiations between the two nations will officially continue tomorrow with Chinese Vice Premier Liu and his team in Washington, D.C. It’s been reported the two sides are focusing on ironing out their differences between U.S.-Chinese translations in a 120-page draft agreement.

While all of this give and take – hopefully — in negotiations drags on, the impacts are being felt on farms and rural communities across the nation as the government uses farmers for its political pawns.

This must stop and Congress needs to gut-up and take action. This isn’t about a political party and certainly shouldn’t be about its base. This is about the reality of cause and effect.

International trade in a global economy provides the fuel for our nation and many, many others to thrive and grow.

So, as our amazing agriculture community looks ahead to planting season, serious questions remain about what the future holds for selling those crops later this year and beyond due to ridiculous trade troubles. This should never be the case.

Tom C. Doran can be reached at 815-780-7894 or tdoran@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow him on Twitter at: @AgNews_Doran.

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