La Crosse, Wis. (WXOW) The impact of tariffs in the Seven Rivers Region was up for discussion at UW-La Crosse on Thursday morning. Professor T.J. Brooks and a panel examined the direct effect tariffs have on the local economy as well as whether or not they helped open markets and created jobs.
“One of the things we heard from today’s panelists is that local business can be good at adapting quickly through their supply chain in response to these situations. Being flexible in the future is what makes the difference,” stated Brooks.
In the case of agriculture, West Salem farmer Kevin Hoyer noted that tariffs challenge today’s market to be diversified.
“We look at tariffs as being a kind of good and bad proposition for us. Our main customer China is pulling back in buying U.S. products. On the other hand, it opens the door for our products to go to other countries,” he said.