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2. Japanese buyers visit Charlotte soybean farm

Credit: FOX 47 News Michigan
Published on August 20, 2019 - Duration: 02:17s

2. Japanese buyers visit Charlotte soybean farm

President Donald Trump's trade war with China has hurt Michigan's soybean farmers.

The tariffs have cost them one of their biggest customers.

But one local farm got a visit from some potential new buyers Monday.

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2. Japanese buyers visit Charlotte soybean farm

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S TRADEWAR WITH CHINA HAS HURTMICHIGAN'S SOYBEANFARMERS.THE TARIFFS HAVE COST THEM ONEOF THEIR BIGGEST CUSTOMERS....BUT ONE LOCAL FARMGOT A VISIT FROM SOME POTENTIALNEW BUYERS TODAY.FOX 47'S CHRISTIANA FORD TELLSUS WHAT MAKES HIS BEANS STANDOUT IN THE LAND OF THERISING SUN."I'M STANDING IN THE MIDDLE OF AFROM JAPAN CAME TO MICHIGANTODAYJUST TO SEE THEM."[NAT]THE BUYERS WERE LOCKED IN ASFARMER GARY PARRSHOWED THEM HOW HS GROWS HISSOYBEANS."I LIKE PUTTING SEEDS IN THEGROUND AND WATCHING THEM GROWANDHARVESTING THEM"THESE AREN'T GARDEN-VARIETYBEANS -- THEY'RERARE AND EXTREMELY POPULAR INJAPAN."IT'S DIFFICULT TO COME BY THEREARE MANY OF THE COMPANIES WHOHAVENATTO SEED HOLD ONTO IT ANDDON'T REALLY SHARE IT WITH OTHERPORTIONS"NATTO ARE SPECIALTY SOYBEANSTHAT HAVE BEENFERMENTED.THEY'RE USED TO MAKE ATRADITIONAL JAPANESEFOOD.STATE REPRESENTATIVE ANGELAWHITWER SAYSSINCE THE ROUGH WEATHER HIT,SHE'S BEEN SUPPORTING FARMS INHER DISTRICT.

SHE HELPED PARRPLANT THE NATTO BEANS."WE PLANTED, LOOKED AT THEFIELDS AND NOW WE'RE AT THEPOINT WHEREWE'RE CONSIDERING HARVEST ANDHOW TO SELL IT"FOR YEARS CHINA HAS BEEN THENUMBER ONE IMPORTEROF U-S SOYBEANS.BUT PARR SAYS BUSINESS ISHURTING BECAUSE OF THEONGOING TRADE WAR."BEAN PRICES HAVE PROBALYDROPPED PROBABLY AT LEAST ADOLLARA BUSHEL" "ANYTIME IT AFFECTSYOUR INCOME IT'S ANAFFECT..DEFINITELY AFFECTS YOUREND OF THE YEAR INCOME AND YOURSPENDINGDECISIONS."NOW, PARR SAYS COMMERCIAL FARMSLIKE HISARE LOOKING FOR NEW MARKETS.THAT'S WHERE JAPAN COMES IN."THE BEANS WE SOLD WENT TO CHINAMARKETS AND SPREAD OUT, THE MOREMARKETS THE BETTER"PARR SAYS BUYERS FROM JAPAN LOOKFOR APARTICULAR TYPE OF FARM TOPURCHASE THEIR FOOD FROM WHICHIS ANOTHER REASON HIS FARM ISBEING CONSIDERED.

HE'S A FOURTHGENERATION FARMER PASSING THETORCH TO HIS SON NEXT."IT'S IMPORTANT TO THEM TOCREATE A CONNECTION TO SEE WHERETHEIRFOOD IS COMING FROM AND THE FACTTHAT IT COMES FROM A FAMILY FARMIS IMPORTANT.""LIKE A FARMER, GARY PARR TELLSSEPTEMBER.

IN CHARLOTTE,CHRISTIANA FORD, FOX 47."SOYBEAN GROWERS AND BUYERS WILLBE MEETING TOMORROW IN CHICAGOFOR A TRADE SHOW.THE JAPANESE DELEGATION COULDSIGN CONTRACTS TO BUY MICHIGANSOYBEANS... IF THEY LIKE WHAT

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