>> Amid multiple trade wars waged by the Trump administration, fourth generation dairy farmer Steven Mansabo in California has become a casualty of the US tariff fight with Mexico.>> When you go and you take, let's say, Mexico who's one of our greatest trade partners in the dairy industry, and you get in a war with them to where they start putting tariffs on powdered milk, or cheese, or whatever their country it is at that time they wanna import.
I understand you're trying to make them feel some pressure, but you're making this industry feel it twice as bad.>> In relatiation for tariffs Trump imposed on imports of steel and aluminum, Mexico in late May announced duties on US cheeses and other farm products, hitting Mancebo and the roughly 1,300 other dairy farm families struggling to make a living in California.
On the narrow margins of a business that increasingly relies on exports.>> I can't sit on my milk for a month or two months, it has to move. These cows can't be shut off. They have to eat. They have to continue to eat. They have to be continued to be milked.
The employees have to be here around the clock to take care of them. And we don't have an industry that we can shut the doors for a month, then when things straighten back out, turn them back on.>> Mansabo said that even as Trump's policies are hurting him, he backs the measures, and hopes the trade dispute is straightened out as quickly as possible.
>> Our trade deficit needed to be addressed, at some point in time it needs to be addressed. And it was gonna be a struggle whenever it happened. And that's exactly what's happening. So it's kinda like holding our breath. The problem is we're holding our breath underwater. We are a family business and we wanna keep this as a family business.
But struggles and if this thing stays and economic pressure along with environmental regulations and trade wars, if these continue to mount, there's writing on the wall that the farm won't be here. At least not for even me to pass onto my children.