Farmers in Appalachia Troubled by Trade War


Farmers got more troubling news Friday when China announced another $75 billion in retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods, including many agriculture exports. 

Many Ohio Valley farmers expect this month to receive a part of the $16 billion in federal payments to those hurt by the trade war. The Ohio Valley ReSource’s Liam Niemeyer reports, some regional farmers are growing weary of the continuing financial squeeze from the trade war. While most farmers are sticking with President Trump, some are questioning their support.

The rise of oil and gas drilling has raised questions about industry regulation and taxation that bears a striking resemblance to similar questions raised by the coal industry in years gone by. 

Ken Ward reports for the Charleston Gazette-Mail. He’s been writing about the coal industry his entire career. Inside Appalachia associate producer Eric Douglas sat down with Ward to talk about the similarities and differences he sees between the coal and natural gas industries and how those industries are regulated.