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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, June 22: 

Pigs on hog farm

Ohio hog farmers are reacting to the news that China is planning to attach a tariff on pork exports. That’s in response to the U.S. proposed tariff on Chinese steel. Farmers say this is a move that has an immediate effect.

“The message is get it worked out.”

That’s Brian Watkins, a lifelong hog farmer from Kenton who wants President Donald Trump, top federal officials and leaders from China to resolve the impending trade dilemma.

Tim Ryan

One Ohio Democratic congressman is giving qualified support to President Donald Trump’s proposal for tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

The proposes adding 25 percent to the cost of imported steel and 10 percent to aluminum. Congressman Tim Ryan told NPR he favors targeted tariffs that penalize specific countries for unlawful trade practices.

NAFTA flag

President Trump’s trade office is preparing to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. This would be the first time it’s been revisited since it took effect in 1992. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Matthew Richmond reports that the possibility for major revisions could affect at least one major Ohio industry.

Nearly 140 speakers signed up to appear at a recent three-day public hearing in Washington. An online commenting site received 12,000 submissions.

photo of Kaptur letter

Democratic Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur has invited President Donald Trump to visit Lorain and help prevent the closure of some of the city's steel operations.

U.S. Steel plans to permanently close one of its tubular operations in June, after idling it in 2015. That part of the plant makes smaller pipes; Kaptur says there’s been less demand for those pipes with the downturn in the natural gas industry. She says Trump could start by placing a tariff on foreign steel.