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Trump's jabs, feints on trade roil ag industry supporters

In this April 1, 2018, photo, Mike Wacker, left, and Juan Ulloa move cattle at Cross Four Ranch before the animals are shipped to summer pasture in Sh...
This April 20, 2018, photo shows grain silos at Erickson Farm in Broadview, Mont. Deep in Montana’s ag country, ranchers’ and farmers’ support of Pres...
In this April 19, 2018, photo, cattle move through pens at Cross Four Ranch in Sheffield, Mont., before the animals are shipped to summer pasture. Cro...
In this April 20, 2018, photo, Michelle Erickson Jones poses for a photograph in front of a tractor and grain silos at Erickson Farm in Broadview, Mon...
In this April 19, 2018, photo Cross Four Ranch owner Fred Wacker poses for a photo on his ranch in Sheffield, Mont. Cross Four has thousands of cattle...
This April 20, 2018, photo shows a plowed field at Erickson Farm in Broadview, Mont. Deep in Montana’s ag country, ranchers’ and farmers’ support of P...

In this April 1, 2018, photo, Mike Wacker, left, and Juan Ulloa move cattle at Cross Four Ranch before the animals are shipped to summer pasture in Sh...

This April 20, 2018, photo shows grain silos at Erickson Farm in Broadview, Mont. Deep in Montana’s ag country, ranchers’ and farmers’ support of Pres...

In this April 19, 2018, photo, cattle move through pens at Cross Four Ranch in Sheffield, Mont., before the animals are shipped to summer pasture. Cro...

In this April 20, 2018, photo, Michelle Erickson Jones poses for a photograph in front of a tractor and grain silos at Erickson Farm in Broadview, Mon...

In this April 19, 2018, photo Cross Four Ranch owner Fred Wacker poses for a photo on his ranch in Sheffield, Mont. Cross Four has thousands of cattle...

This April 20, 2018, photo shows a plowed field at Erickson Farm in Broadview, Mont. Deep in Montana’s ag country, ranchers’ and farmers’ support of P...

SHEFFIELD, Mont. (AP) — Deep in Montana's ag country, ranchers' and farmers' support of President Donald Trump is being put to the test as the president's bellicose threats of a trade war with China risk their livelihoods.

Residents here have a deep libertarian streak and like the agriculture industry nationwide, they stood in firm support of Trump in the 2016 elections.

Some of that support appears to be wavering in the face of possible Chinese tariffs against Montana staples such as beef and wheat. Others remain stalwart in their backing of the Republican president.

Eastern Montana rancher Fred Wacker says a deal worth up to $200 million between cattle producers in the state and a Chinese e-commerce company never would have happened without Trump. Wacker says he's hopeful the deal won't be scuttled.


Updated : 2021-01-26 05:31 GMT+08:00