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Espy says Mississippi farmers will suffer under tariffs

Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy said Mississippi farmers, especially soybean growers, are being hurt by China's retaliatory tariffs. Source: WLBT Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy said Mississippi farmers, especially soybean growers, are being hurt by China's retaliatory tariffs. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy said Mississippi farmers, especially soybean growers, are being hurt by China's retaliatory tariffs.

Espy, a candidate for Thad Cochran's U.S. Senate seat, held a press conference at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum Friday, saying China has responded to tariffs imposed by President Trump with retaliatory tariffs that will cost Mississippi farmers.

He said China has been the number one market for this state's soybean crop.

Because of the tariffs, Espy said China is now buying soybeans from Brazil, the number one competitor.

"Now, I'm just so afraid that if we continue down this dangerous road very much longer, then we're going to cede that market in China to Brazil and we're never going to see that again," said Espy.

Espy said soybeans are Mississippi's number three cash crop.

The democrat faces fellow democrat Tobey Bartee and republicans, incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith and state senator Chris McDaniel in the November 6 election.

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