I almost feel sorry for Sen. John Hoeven. Of course nobody forced him to join the Trump cult, but now that he and the other two of our Washington delegations have drunk the Kool Aid, they have to pretend that going back to surpluses, subsidies and summer fallow really isn't that bad and it will somehow "Make America Great Again.”

The thing is, after decades of promoting our products and successfully securing markets for them, the ag export effort has been thrown overboard in a trade war, and it will be a long time before these customers will be back.

Any nation’s food supply is far too important to risk tying it to a trading partner led by someone as erratic and impulsive as President Trump.

You can bet that as you're reading this, China and maybe other countries are seeking and negotiating deals with nations that are more reliable than we are.