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U.S.-China trade truce meets 'cautious optimism' for many in Montana


December 5, 2018

Havre Daily News/Ryan Berry

Free range cattle wander along Montana Secondary Highway 234, Beaver Creek Highway, Tuesday south of Havre. A trade truce and trade negotiations between the U.S. and China are raising cautious optimism in economists and agricultural producers who say the ag industry has been hurt by the trade tariffs imposed in the last year.

The trade truce between the United States and China is being looked at by experts and producers alike with cautious optimism.

"There is still quite a bit of uncertainty whether this is going to happen or not, but certainly, at least there is some optimism," said Associate Professor of Economics Anton Bekkerman of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University Bozeman. "At least one side of that conversation is saying that there is going to be some progress, but the timing and the extent of that progress is still very much in question. There really has no...

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