EDGAR - Chinese officials announced Monday morning that the country will suspend all agricultural trade with the United States. That's a problem for ginseng farmers in Marathon County, who rely heavily on export to China.
Marathon Co. grows 90 percent of all American ginseng. In the past, 85 percent of that ginseng was exported to China.
Bob Kaldunski is one of many ginseng farmers that are struggling because of trade war tariffs.
"We kind of got the bad end of the stick on this one," said Kaldunski.
Recently, President Trump said Wisconsin farmers were over the hump and the worst of the trade war has past.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D - Wisconsin) visited Kaldunski's farm Monday, and disagrees with the president's assessment.
"It couldn't be further from the truth," said Sen. Baldwin. "In fact in some cases, it seems like the worst is yet to come."
President Trump has issued billions of dollars of aid to American farmers, but Sen. Baldwin calls that money a drop in the bucket.
"Almost every case, the farmers I represent from Wisconsin do not want bailouts or handouts or anything like that," said Sen. Baldwin. "They want an effective market."
Ginseng farmers and Sen. Baldwin talked about solutions to the trade war Monday. They plan on working together to explore other global markets, and improve partnerships with government departments.
They all agree the work to help Wisconsin ginseng farmers is just getting started.
"We have a lot more work to do together to end the harm of this trade war," said Sen. Baldwin.