China Purchases U.S. Sorghum

China has made its biggest purchase of U.S. sorghum since April, 51,000 metric tons of sorghum earlier this month.

In the same week China made the sorghum purchase, it also canceled a small order of U.S. soybeans. Trade negotiators talked over the phone last week. U.S. trade officials may soon travel to China to continue the talks, the first small sign of progress since the negotiation collapsed in May.

China has placed a 25 percent tariff on U.S. sorghum as part of the tit-for-tat trade war with the United States. Nebraska farmer Don Bloss told Reuters “It’s still a good price for them even with the tariff.”

President Trump has said China would begin major purchases of U.S. ag products following a meeting with China. However, Trump has since also expressed disappointment in China’s lack of action. Democratic lawmakers have questioned the validity of Trump’s claims.