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How Trump's Trade Policies Could Affect Ohio Farmers

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Trump's trade policies could negatively affect Ohio's largest industry, agriculture.

President-elect Donald Trump has announced he will do away with current trade agreements like NAFTA in his first 100 days in office. That could have serious implications in Ohio, where agriculture is the largest industry.

In the state, farming employs about 80,000 people, according to the Department of Development—that's 1 in 6 Ohioans.

Joe Logan, president of the Ohio Farmers Union, says trade deals like NAFTA have benefited these farmers, who export about $2 billion worth of goods each year. Those good are mainly corn and beans, which go to countries like Mexico and China.

Logan says farmers could stand to benefit even more if these trade deals are changed, but he warns imposing tariffs would be the wrong move.

"Tariffs are probably the least effective, blunt instrument in terms of trying to bring equality to trade and most likely to start a trade war, which would be bad for everybody," Logan says.

Trump has threatened to impose a 25 percent tariff on all Chinese imports.