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According to new study, China trade war would hit California especially hard - what does CA ag think?




Farm workers harvest celery in a field of Brawley, California, in the Imperial Valley, on January 31, 2017.
Farm workers harvest celery in a field of Brawley, California, in the Imperial Valley, on January 31, 2017.
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Many predictions on the fallout of a potential China trade war have focused on farmers in the Midwest, but according to a new study by Brookings Institution, these tariffs would have an especially hard hit to California.

Currently, 128 different products, including plastics, Tesla cars, pharmaceuticals, wine, fruit and nuts, are potential tariff targets by China’s Ministry of Commerce. According to the study, out of the 40 U.S. industries that would feel the pain of these tariffs, nearly 20 percent are based in California and Washington. And Los Angeles County has the highest number of jobs at risk out an any county in the country.  

We talk to Robert Maxim, author of the Brookings report, to get a further breakdown of the study, as well as the president of the California Association of Winegrape Growers to get his take on how these tariffs would affect the wine industry in the state.

With guest host Libby Denkmann

Guests:

Robert Maxim, co-author of a study on how China’s proposed tariffs could affect US industries; he is a senior research analyst at the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based non-profit think tank; he tweets @robmaxim

John Aguirre, president of the California Association of Winegrape Growers

Richard Matoian, executive director of the American Pistachio Growers, the trade group representing pistachio farmers in California, Arizona and New Mexico