Iowa congressman Steve King, a member of the house agriculture committee is encouraging new trade efforts around the state today.
Congressman King escorted a group of delegates from Taiwan around Iowa farms in an effort to encourage agricultural trade between nations.
We caught up with the group at a local Plymouth County farm, where the delegates got to meet the farmers and see the inner workings of the operation.
As Iowan’s continue to lose Chinese purchases due to tariffs, King looks to strengthen trade with other nations.
“In market share of the soybean purchased by Taiwan is now moving up to about 80% comes from the U.S. and it was a little closer to 50/50 and the Brazilians were into that a little further, the Brazilian share of this market has diminished, the U.S. share has increased and the lions share come from Iowa, so when there is more demand, we sell more grain and that raises the market for everybody and that’s what we are trying to do,” says King.
Along with increasing trade deals with Taiwan, King also hopes to do more trade with Europe
to help Iowans with the pressure from tariffs.