Monthly Archives: July 2018


ICYMI: Farmers Want Free Trade, Headlines Across the Country Make Clear that Farmers Need the Trade War to End

July 31, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

President Donald Trump’s trade war is causing long-lasting harm to America’s farmers and manufacturers. Last week, the United States Department of Agriculture announced a $12 billion spending plan to offset a portion of the economic damage caused by tariffs for certain farmers. The response from America’s heartland was clear: farmers and manufacturers want free trade, not temporary spending. KCCI-DES MOINES: ‘The First Real Sign That an Important Part of Trump’s Base of Support Is Turning Against Him’ “At the same time that President Donald Trump visited Iowa on Thursday, anxious farm groups are fighting back and going after the controversial […]

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ICYMI: FFT Iowa Farmer Discusses Tariffs Hurting the Heartland during Trump Visit

July 27, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

FFT member Scott Henry says “Soybean prices have nosedived…these policies are hurting us,” on Des Moines local news after President Trump travels to the region to attempt to hold back farmer anger Yesterday, Iowa farmer and FFT member Scott Henry of LongView Farms discussed his reasons for joining Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a campaign that highlights the stories of rural Americans like Mr. Henry who are suffering the economic pain of the trade war. The campaign is focused on showing the real-life impacts tariffs are having on American farmers, manufacturers, workers, and consumers. WATCH HERE:  

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Farmers for Free Trade Launches Tariffs Hurt the Heartland

July 26, 2018 by FFT | Category: News, Uncategorized |

Multi-million Dollar Campaign Will Tell the Story of the Farmers, Factory Workers, and Consumers Paying the True Cost of Tariffs Campaign will include TV, digital, radio, and print advertising across the country, will highlight the real-life stories of tariff pain, will organize town hall meetings in communities across the country and will push for an end to the job-killing trade war Visit TarrifsHurt.com to view “Rounding Error” to new 30 second spot now running on national cable networks FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                  CONTACT: matt@farmersforfreetrade.com or  melanie@farmersforfreetrade.com (Washington D.C.) – Farmers for Free Trade, the bipartisan coalition that’s leading farmer opposition to tariffs, […]

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Farmers for Free Trade Statement on President’s Tweet Praising Tariffs

July 24, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

Washington D.C. – Farmers for Free Trade Executive Director Brian Kuehl released the following statement in response to President Trump’s tweet this morning: “Most farmers in Trump country don’t think tariffs are “the greatest.” Crops don’t grow overnight. Farmers and producers need time and long-term certainty to do their jobs, not constant chaos created by haphazard trade policy. Despite what President Trump tweets, his harmful trade policies are hurting farmers and families across the country.”

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Farmers for Free Trade Statement: “Farmers Need Contracts, Not Compensation”

July 24, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

Farmers for Free Trade, the bipartisan coalition working to oppose trade policies that hurt American farmers today released the following statement from Executive Director Brian Kuehl. “Farmers across America depend on open markets and stable contracts for their livelihood. The best relief for the president’s trade war would be ending the trade war. Farmers need contracts, not compensation, so they can create stability and plan for the future. This proposed action would only be a short-term attempt at masking the long-term damage caused by tariffs..” “Farmers can and do weather many storms, but this economic cyclone of tariffs is creating […]

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U.S. Soybean Farmers thrive with free trade, hurt under tariffs

July 23, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

Washington D.C. – Farmers for Free Trade Executive Director Brian Kuehl released the following statement in response to President Trump’s tweet this morning on farmers and soybean exports. “The best way President Trump can support and protect American farmers and the agriculture industry is to end this escalating trade conflict. Soybean farmers all across the U.S. are the ones who will end up footing the bill for tariffs, and it directly impacts their business and livelihoods. The U.S. is one of the largest exporters of soybean products, and the reality is that soybean farmers are being hurt, not helped, by tariffs.” Key Facts: According […]

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Fourth Generation Montana Farmer Michelle Erickson-Jones to Testify for Farmers for Free Trade at Hearing on the Effects of Tariffs on U.S. Agriculture and Rural Communities

July 17, 2018 by FFT | Category: News |

Erickson-Jones in testimony to House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee: “There have been very few issues in my career as a farmer that have caused me to lose sleep.  But these tariffs are one of them.” (Washington D.C.) – Tomorrow, Michelle Erickson-Jones, a member of Farmers for Free Trade will testify at the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Hearing on the Effects of Tariffs on U.S. Agriculture and Rural communities. Erickson-Jones, a grains farmer and cattle rancher on a family-owned farm in Broadview, Montana, will highlight the devastating effects retaliatory tariffs will have on America’s rural farmers. In her testimony, […]

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Farmers for Free Trade Releases Statement from Indiana Soy Farmer and FFT Executive Director as China Trade War Escalates

July 6, 2018 by FFT | Category: News, Uncategorized |

(Washington, D.C.) – Farmers for Free Trade today released two statements on the coming imposition of Section 301 and corresponding retaliatory tariffs between the U.S. and China. Statement from Brent Bible, soy and corn producer in Romney, Indiana: “For soybean producers like me this is a direct financial hit. This is money out of my pocket. These tariffs could mean the difference between a profit and a loss for an entire year’s worth of work out in the field, and that’s only in the near term. Over the long haul, soybean producers are deeply concerned that China will continue to substitute American […]

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