Here’s how bad Chinese soy tariffs could be for Mid-South farmers

At 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, Mid-South farmer Mike Sullivan received unwelcome news: China had just announced it was planning on putting a 25 percent tariff on American soybeans — a crop Sullivan just started planting on 13,000 acres of his Arkansas farm.

"It's been nerve-wracking, to put it mildly," Sullivan said. "We absolutely cannot lose China as a buyer."

China buys more American soy than any other nation and purchases about 30 percent of soybeans grown in Arkansas, where most Mid-South…

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