Downbeat farmers look past Nafta trade rewrite to keep focus on bigger win — and that’s China

America’s dairy farmers are feeling better this week after the Trump administration got Canada to budge on select milk products that had long soured relationships around the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement.

Yet much of the rest of the agricultural sector, those farmers and producers growing crops and raising livestock whose income is largely dependent on exports, are still nervous when it comes to trade, especially with growing super-consumer China. It grabbed $19.6 billion of U.S. ag exports last year, a touch below Canada’s more diverse haul of $20.5 billion from U.S. farmers.

At least one measure captures that uncertain mood.

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