New tariff could cause an uptick in local gardening

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – When folks hear about tariffs- steel, and electronics are often mentioned. But the end of a trade agreement between the U.S. and Mexico is putting a squeeze on a much less talked about product.

A new tariff on tomatoes imported from Mexico has gone into effect. And with Mexico supplying about half the tomatoes consumed in the U.S., fresh tomatoes may soon be in short supply and those still available are going to cost significantly more. 

According to estimates from Arizona State University, Prices could jump 40% from May to December. 

For those looking to avoid the extra cost, picking them fresh off the vine could be a viable option.

Joe Boyle, Bomgaars store manager says, “We definitely bought extra tomato plants just to cover the increase in demand. Tomato plants are actually really easy to grow. They just require good fertilizer, soil, and water. Just make sure you weed them.”

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