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April 5, 2018 at 4:26 pm

WOUB Quotes Trese: China Tariffs Not Affecting Local Farming

Dr. Art Trese with tomato plants

Dr. Art Trese

WOUB Digital quoted Dr. Art Trese, Associate Professor of Environmental & Plant Biology, in a story headlined “Local Farmers Unaffected by China Tariffs.”

Ohio University Environmental and Plant Biology Professor Art Trese said he also believes in the importance of supporting local farming.

“I think the local value is that it’s really the only remaining economic opportunity for people that have lived here for generations,” he said.

The Athens Farmers Market has brought 23 vendors to the community to promote the importance of local eating, locally grown food using sustainable farming methods and for locally produced hand-crafted goods.

However Trese said while the tariffs aren’t affecting Athens, there is the possibility of a ripple effect with the bigger production companies.

“They will find themselves with surplus products because they can’t export it to China and they will put it on the market for a lower price,” he said. “But they won’t be competing with most of the farmers who sell at the farmers market or local restaurants.”

Read more at WOUB Digital.

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