WASHINGTON — With all the snow still on the ground, it's tough to think planting season is just around the corner.
Farmers aren't just worried about when they will get in the fields, but what commodity prices will be this season with an ongoing trade war with one of the United States' biggest trading partners.
WDAY News Reporter Matt Henson spoke with one of President Trump's top advisers, Kellyanne Conway, about trade talks between the U.S. and China. She says she's optimistic about negotiations and believes a deal between the two countries is very close.
That might be good news for farmers. About two-thirds of North Dakota's soybean product, valued at a few billion dollars, goes to China where it is largely used as livestock feed, according to a Washington Post report.
There was a plunge in U.S. shipments of soybeans across the Pacific because of the ongoing trade war last year, with China opting to instead import from Brazil, according to Reuters. but trade talks have in recent weeks shown some progress.
One of the remaining questions is what pace the President will lift the tariffs at to ensure China fulfills its end of a pending trade deal.
"He is very hopeful that he will get to a deal in China," Conway said. "The Chinese worked through the weekend here, and the weekend before last."
Conway did not provide a specific timeline, meaning it's uncertain if a deal could happen before the upcoming planting season.