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April 9, 2018 IAITC FarmWeek Article

Sunday, April 08, 2018

April 9, 2018



Another in the series of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom non-fiction text examples to be used in your classroom.  Remember, these will be available every MONDAY afternoon that FarmWeek is published during the school year.


Questions about this can be directed to Kevin Daugherty, Education Director of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom at [email protected]


**Reminder these questions are designed to use with the on-line version of FarmWeek.


Note, by request of teachers we have included the answers to the questions immediately following the questions.   

 Escalation of trade war rocks commodity market

  1.  Define the following:
  1.  Implementation  (to put a decision, plan, agreement, etc. into place)
  2. Tariff  (a tax or duty to be paid on a particular class of imports or exports)
  3. Reciprocal (given, felt or done in return)
  4. Retaliation (the action of harming someone because they have harmed oneself; revenge.)
  5. Pursuit (the action of following or pursuing someone or something.)
  6. Plummet (all or drop straight down at high speed)
  7. Murkier (dark,dirty, gloomy, not clear)
  8. Residual (the portion remaining after the greatest part or quantity has been subtracted)
  1.  As the result of the tariff announcements, what happened to the soybean futures market?  (dropped 45 cents per bushel)
  2. Explain what it means that trade accounts for 20 cents of every dollar of U.S. ag sales. (Answers will vary, but 20% of value of sales is attributed to being sold out of the country.)
  3. If the tariff with China go into place, hog prices are expected to average $48.50 per live hundredweight compared to an estimated cost of $53 per hundredweight.  What does that mean? (Roughly put, farmer will spend $4.50 more per hundredweight of hogs, than they will return.  If the average weight of  a market hog is 200 pounds, farmers will lose $9.00 per animal. )
  4. U.S. soybean exports to China are worth $14 Billion.  What will Chinese soybean buyers do to avoid paying additional tariffs on U.S. Soybeans?  (they will begin importing soybeans from South America to avoid higher tariffs)
  5. includes a list of the 128 goods listed as part of the US/Chinese Tariff dispute. Examine the list and determine what other agricultural products and states will be impacted. (Answers will vary, but should include California and assorted nuts, fruits and wines)

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