Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture

AFBF’s Newton on Agri-Pulse’s Open Mic

News / In The News June 18, 2019

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Agri-Pulse’s Open Mic podcast interviewed AFBF chief economist Dr. John Newton June 16, 2019. Newton told interviewer Jeff Nalley farmers and ranchers face real hardships from recent weather conditions and a continuing trade war. Agriculture, he said, still needs trade and research opportunities to thrive.

Listen to the full interview here.

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