She told voters in Burlington how she was part of a group to talk with President Trump at the White House this week.

Soybean tariffs will not go into effect until the end of May at the earliest, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds told an audience of about 50 people Friday during her campaign stop at the Uptown Ivy.

"In the interim, we have a comment period and then there will be a public hearing as well," Reynolds said in Burlington.

Reynolds, a Republican, is running to retain her position as governor of Iowa. She will face no primary challenger in June but in November will have to best one of six Democrats looking to take her place in Des Moines.

Joined by Iowa Sens. Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst and other Midwest state representatives, Reynolds met Thursday with President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., to discuss trade amid escalating tensions with China and mounting concern among U.S. farmers.

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She said it was mutually agreed upon during the White House meeting that China has gone unchecked in its trade dealings for too long.

"It puts us at a disadvantage," Reynolds said of China's tariffs. "They're not letting our commodities flow freely through, our ethanol. We've got containers of beans that are setting in a forest because they've changed the rules on foreign material and whatever they can find. They slap tariffs on our products and expect us not to do that to them."

Having spoken with U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad Monday, in addition to Mick Mulvaney, interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Reynolds said the goal was to complete negotiations before a new congressional term begins in January.

"There are things that we need to fix, and I said to (Trump) I believe our farmers understand that, because we want a free and fair market, but it's really important that we do it in a timely manner," Reynolds said.

She asked the audience to recall that pork tariffs already are in place and said she believed the market since has adjusted.

"This could get really ugly," said Doran Schmeiser of Burlington. "Especially for the farmers."

His sister, Lynn Carlson of Burlington, was confident Trump would be able to work out trade relations between the U.S. and China.

"I think Trump's doing the right thing," she said. "These countries have been taking advantage of the U.S. for so long. He's about the only president who's got a backbone."

Neither Carlson nor Schmeiser farm, but they have family who do.

Also discussed during the Washington meeting was the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the possibility of America rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a move that could give the U.S. and other members of the TPP more leverage against China.

"This was really aggravated," Reynolds said of the conversation with Trump, who signed an executive order pulling the U.S. from the agreement after he was sworn in.

According to news reports, Trump has directed U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer and National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow to examine rejoining the TPP.