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Ag groups fear trade war if steel tariffs imposed

Applying tariffs could escalate rather than resolve trade tensions and put ag exports in crosshairs.

The last thing the agriculture industry want is a trade war, because agricultural products usually are the ones that end up facing retaliation. Those fears were fueled again with the U.S. Department of Commerce's investigations into the national security impact from imports of steel and aluminum and a recommendation by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to slap hefty tariffs on those imports.

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