>> There's more than just water dividing New Madrid County and Missouri. Where a metal factory and farming have been responsible for putting food on family tables for generations. President Trump's trade war is creating a community conundrum for neighbors who rely on each other, making trade and tariffs a taboo.
Reuters report P.J. Huffsteader is back from a county visit.>> Anytime you're dealing with global trade you're always gonna have divides. There are gonna be winners and there are going to be losers. It just happens to be in this area that you have both metal and agriculture living and working side by side.
>> Tariffs on imported steel and aluminum are bringing back jobs at the local Noranda Aluminum smelter which is reopening after shutting down just two years ago, but farmers here who plant soybeans, corn, alfalfa and cotton are scared. Major trading partners are striking back with expensive tariffs on American agricultural products.
>> Farmers clearly in the area are wanting the best for the community. From their point of view they say that the metal tariffs are actually a good thing because the jobs are very high paying and they want to be able to help their local community. But at the same time the farmers are absolutely worried and so are some of the metal workers that are coming back.
They know what it's been like to be out of a job and they know what it's been like to be able to be squeezed by the global trade.>> Farmers were already hurting before the trade spat due to years of oversupply, low prices. Even still, it was the farms that kept the area financially afloat when the plant closed and unemployment skyrocketed.
Many out of work factory employees took farm jobs to make ends meet, but now say they're going back to the plant. If this trade war lingers too long, farmers worry they'll be forced to look for work at the factory, too.