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Indiana Farmers Worried About China's Pork Tariffs

Indiana pork farmers are among those who will be impacted by tariffs China is imposing on a number of U.S. goods starting Monday.

They’re in retaliation for President Trump’s tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

China says American pork products will face a 25 percent duty.

Indiana ranks fifth in the nation for pork production, so farmers here are worried about what the tariffs will mean for their bottom lines.

Jeanette Merritt is director of checkoff programs for Indiana Pork. She says her agency won’t speculate on the potential impact, but China is a major market for Indiana pork.

"Last year the U.S. pork industry exported more than $1 billion of pork to China," Merritt says. "That makes it our second biggest market for U.S. pork."

China is also imposing tariffs on aluminum scrap, sparkling wine and several types of fruits and nuts.

Noticeably absent from the list are soybeans, which China previously indicated it might target.

A Purdue University study released last week says if China were to adopt a 10 percent tariff on soybeans, U.S. exports would fall by about one-third.

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