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The head of the Illinois Farm Bureau is taking issue with President Donald Trump’s comments that he’s opening up the European market to American farmers.

Mark Gebhards, executive director of the bureau, says this may not be possible since the European Union has banned genetically modified products, which many crops from the U.S. contain.

“What’s being said from a public standpoint and what’s actually happening or will happen are two different things in that regard,” he said at a meeting of the Citizen’s Club of Springfield.

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Illinois farmers are among the targets of new Chinese tariffs. Beijing this week said it will impose a tax on American soy and pork products, two of Illinois' chief exports. The move is a response to President Trump’s announced tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum.

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Sean Crawford talks with Tim Landis of the State Journal-Register.