The Iowa farmers on the frontline of Trump's trade war with China

Ryan Mickelson is a professional gambler. He doesn’t look like it. The solidly built 34-year-old doesn’t start his days in a Las Vegas hotel room nor does he spend his days palming a deck of cards. Instead, he gets up every day in his one story house a few miles outside Duncombe, Iowa, a small Iowa town with one bar, one church and one post office, and goes to work in the flat green fields of North Central Iowa.
Farming is perhaps the most physically taxing form of gambling . Every year, farmers take out loans to pay for sowing and harvesting a crop. They have to buy the right seed, plant... read more

27 June 2018 in World News, Views: 44
Source: Guardian

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