Hart was also interviewed by Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register, for an Oct. 28 story "Despite low prices, trade wars, this ag downturn is 'piece of cake' compared to 1980s."
"The biggest issue we had in the ’80s was a rapid drop in ag land values, which led to a rapid drop not only in net worth of farms, but the collateral on those farms that supported agricultural lending," Hart said.
Colin Van Westen, The Daily Reporter, also interviewed Hart for the story "Iowa farm experts expect USMCA to move forward" Oct. 28.
"We have been growing our export trade with Canada and Mexico over the last two decades. It brings some trade stability to Mexico, especially to Iowa farmers. When we look at trade here in Iowa, much of what we produce goes to three countries — Canada, Mexico and China. We have made progress with two of the three, but the third one is still in disarray right now."