Why many organic farmers ‘didn’t notice the trade war’

WASHINGTON — Michigan farmer Joel Layman hesitates before he just comes out with it. “I feel a little bad saying this: My farm didn’t notice the trade war.”Layman grows certified organic vegetables, dry edible beans and grain crops on the organic portion of his 2,100-acre farm in Berrien Center, a township in southwest Michigan.“We have a little more autonomy,” Layman said of organic farmers. “I’m not reliant upon the world market. I’m relying on my neighbor who’s my customer.”Layman’s peers in one of the fastest-growing sectors of American agriculture generally agree: While President Donald T…

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