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September 17 BELL RINGER IAITC FarmWeek Article

Monday, September 17, 2018

All about Trade!

September 17, 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, Director, Illinois Center for Agricultural Engagement and  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.   

When will crop prices bounce back? China a key to recovery


  1.  Define:
    1. NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement)
    2. Bull Market (a market in which prices are rising, encouraging buying)
    3. Bear Market (a market in which prices are falling, encouraging selling)
    4. Tariff (a tax or duty paid on imports or exports)
    5. Inflation (a general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money.)
  2.  Why have ag sales from the US to China dropped dramatically from the $19.6 billion last year?  (US implemented a 25% tariff on products from China, causing China to place a tariff on ag products.)
  3. What has happend to US Soybean prices since the the tariff has been imposed (dropped 20%)
  4. China, the worlds largest importer of soybeans, is now getting soybeans from what continent?  (South America)
  5. Explain why US Soybeans, even with a tariff are cheaper than other soybeans, but why aren’t Chinese buyers purchasing them?  (answers will vary, but will include politics)
  6. If the US-China Trade situation doesn’t calm down, what might happen in Brazil, and what will that cause? (Brazil, could start expanding their soybean planting, putting more soybeans on the market, and causing the value of soybeans to drop even further  (supply and demand)
  7. Why do and additional 151 million people in China and 150 million more people in India earning more than $20,000 a year impact crop demands?  (Answers will vary, but as more people have more income, they add different things to their diet rather than just things to sustain life. Protein sources, (soybeans as well as livestock) are key components as incomes grow.)

For more information on how trade is impacting farmers from across the state, see page 4 of FarmWeek.

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