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Trade War Leads To New Challenges For Oklahoma Pecan Producers

Aug 28, 2019
An Oklahoma State University orchard worker shakes a pecan tree at harvest last year. Producers say this year’s still-growing crop could be the largest in five years.
Todd Johnson / Oklahoma State University Department of Agriculture

Oklahoma’s pecan producers expect the largest crop yield in years. But trade tensions with China, the largest buyer of U.S. pecans, could make exporting the product difficult. Journal Record editor Russell Ray discusses the industry’s challenges in Oklahoma and how growers are attempting to reach the domestic market amid foreign tariffs. 

Zheng Qu / Gaylord News

As the Trump administration rolls out federal aid for the agriculture industry caught in an escalating international trade war, Oklahoma farmers are waiting for a permanent solution to an uncertain future.  

Tariffs like those from China, imposed in July 2018 on $50 billion worth of U.S. exports, are hitting several sectors of Oklahoma’s agricultural industry. Those tariffs are in retaliation to the Trump administration’s tariffs on billions worth of Chinese industrial goods this summer.