Apr 26, 2019 - Economy

U.S. farm equipment purchases drop $900 million amid trade wars

In this image, a man in a cowboy hat stands in a soybean field.

Fourth generation crop farmer John Boyd checks a soybean field for harvesting in Baskerville, Virginia. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Farmers and business owners' reluctance to invest in farming equipment has resulted in a $900 million annualized spending drop, Bloomberg reports.

The big picture: This is the steepest decline in farm equipment purchases in 3 years. In February, federal data showed that U.S. farmers in the Midwest were filing for bankruptcy protection at levels the country had not seen for approximately a decade. Last year, farm profits sunk to $69.4 billion — that's half of 2013's $136.1 billion in profits, per Bloomberg. President Trump's trade wars have contributed to the ongoing nosedive in prices and decrease in profits for farmers.

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