Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... August 27, 2019 Show 646 Hour 1

The Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations met last week. Democratic State Representative Michael Saba (District 9) is on the committee. He joins SDPB's Steve Zwemke to detail the meetings and talk about new ways to bring international money into South Dakota. 

Regional Economy Expanding At Positive Pace

Jun 4, 2019

In The Moment ... June 4, 2019 Show 588 Hour 1

In his Mid-America Index Report, Ernie Goss says May numbers show the regional economy continues to grow at a positive pace. He adds, however, that tariffs and flooding across several states has pulled the overall index below growth neutral in South Dakota's neighboring states of Iowa, Nebraska and North Dakota.

Goss is director of Creighton University's Economic Forecasting Group in Omaha.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

An agricultural economist says South Dakota is feeling the effects of tariffs imposed on goods between the US and China.

He calls the Trump Administration proposal to buy up domestic commodities and redistribute them as food aid to other countries a “band-aid.”

The last time soybeans prices were this low was December of 2008. For more than a year, China has imposed a 25 percent tariff on soybeans from the US.

Evert Van der Sluis is an agricultural economist with South Dakota State University.

More SD Producer Frustration As Tariffs Escalate

May 13, 2019
Kealey Bultena / SDPB

As trade talks stall, China is imposing retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion worth of US goods. These new tariffs come days after the US increased tariffs on over $200 billion on Chinese goods.

The tariff exchange is testing the patience of South Dakota producers.

Scott VanderWal is the president of the South Dakota Farm Bureau. He says South Dakota producers have been dealing with lack of a marketplace for over a year now. Especially for soybeans.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Trade talks between the U.S. and China are underway – and there’s a Friday deadline for a possible increase in tariffs on Chinese goods.
President Donald Trump has recommended a 25 percent tariff on some $200 billion worth of products.
One thing in the crosshairs? South Dakota soybeans and that has farmers worried.  


In The Moment ... May 7 2019 Show 570 Hour 2

President Donald Trump's decision to put tariffs on billions of dollars in Chinese imports last year shocked the system. Over the weekend, the president Tweeted that he would impose levies on additional goods, placing even more focus on the conflict between the world's two largest superpowers.

Correspondent and producer Laura Sullivan previews the FRONTLINE/NPR joint investigation Trump's Trade War. It airs Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV and at pbs.org/FRONTLINE.


In The Moment  ... January 29, 2019 Show 504 Hour 2

The trade war between the U.S. and China is far from over. South Dakota farmers await resolution as recent developments in American/Chinese relations further complicate the conversation and have many wondering whether the battle over tariffs will get worse before it gets better.

South Dakota Farmers Union president Doug Sombke shares his opinions and concerns.

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In The Moment ... October 30, 2018 Show 450 Hour 2

The state of agriculture and manufacturing along with trade and tariffs seem to be in question for several people. In Sioux Falls today, panelists will discuss these topics and more.

US Chamber of Commerce

A report from the US Chamber of Commerce shows $129-million dollars in South Dakota exports are threatened by retaliatory tariffs from trading partners.

In addition to being an agriculture heavy state, South Dakota also has around 1,000 manufacturers.

The US chamber of commerce is coming out against the tariffs imposed by the Trump Administration.


In the Moment ... June 18, 2018 Show 360 Hour 1

For perspective on trade and how it impacts South Dakota farmers and consumers, we welcome agricultural economist Evert Van der Sluis.


In The Moment ... April 18, 2018 Show 318 Hour 1

Evert Van der Sluis is an Economics Professor at South Dakota State University. He joins In The Moment to continue the conversation on soybean tariffs.

In The Moment ... April 18, 2018 Show 318 Hour 1

It's been more than a month since President Donald Trump threatened to put tariffs on more than one-thousand imported Chinese goods.

China shot back with proposals for tariffs of its own, including on US soybeans.

It's currently unclear if either country will follow through with their threats. One thing is certain - the international discussion impacts farmers in South Dakota.

SDPB's Jackelyn Severin asks South Dakota farmers how they are dealing with the uncertainty.


In the Moment ... April 9, 2018 Show 311 Hour 2

David O'Sullivan is the European Union ambassador to the United States. He visits Dakota State University in Madison today to meet with faculty, staff and honor students.
The public is invited to attend a forum at 5:30 p.m. in the Tunheim Classroom Building Auditorium.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The president of the South Dakota Farm Bureau says they’re not overreacting to proposed Chinese tariffs on soybeans just yet.
Scott VanderWal says President Donald Trump has a unique method of negotiating, which he says could be about larger world issues.
He says the administration might use tariff’s to get countries to the negotiating table.
However, VanderWal says they’re working to make the administration understands the severe consequences if negotiations go wrong.

South Dakota US Senator John Thune says he’s concerned by a Chinese announcement of placing a steep tariff on $50 billion dollars of U.S. imports.

That includes a tariff on soybeans. The South Dakota Soybean Association says China purchases 61 percent of total U.S. soybean exports, roughly 30 percent of overall production.

The announcement comes after President Donald Trump’s call on Tuesday for tariff’s on Chinese goods.

Thune says he understands the president’s desire for more reciprocal treatment.