Monthly Archives: August 2018


As President Rallies in Evansville, Indiana Farmers and Manufacturers Bear the Costs of the Trade War

August 30, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

QUOTE FROM BRENT BIBLE, CORN AND SOYBEAN FARMER, LAFAYETTE, IN: “Farmers rely on exports and overseas markets to stay in business, but the trade war makes it harder and harder for us to stay afloat. Tariffs are allowing foreign competitors to sell to our customers at a better price than we can offer. If the trade war doesn’t end soon, tariffs could cause permanent damage to rural communities in Indiana and across the country.” NEW TARIFFS TOOK EFFECT LAST WEEK. “The Trump administration’s latest round of tariffs on Chinese goods kicked in Thursday, drawing immediate retaliation from Beijing. The new […]

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Statement on NAFTA Progress

August 27, 2018 by FFT | Category: News |

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Brian Kuehl, Executive Director of Farmers for Free Trade issued the following statement on news that the U.S. and Mexico had reached a preliminary NAFTA deal, paving the way for talks to begin again with Canada. “While any news of progress on restoring NAFTA certainty is reassuring for American farmers, there are questions that remain on the nature of a final deal. Farmers will ultimately be judging any new NAFTA deal by two crucial measures: will it provide any new market access for American ag exports and will it do anything that erodes the enormous gains […]

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10 Key Questions from Farmers on USDA Aid Package

August 23, 2018 by FFT | Category: News |

(Washington D.C.) – Angela Hofmann, Deputy Director of Farmers for Free Trade, the bipartisan campaign working to oppose tariffs that harm farmers, ranchers, and rural communities, today released the following statement ahead of the release of expected guidance on the Department of Agriculture’s $12 billion aid package for a segment of farmers that have been impacted by tariffs. “Since this package was announced last month we’ve traveled to rural communities across the country to hear directly from farmers. Their reaction to this package has almost uniformly been that they want contracts not compensation. The farmers shouldering the burden of this […]

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On Eve of New Tariffs, Sec. Wilbur Ross Tries to Sell Kentucky on Lost Jobs and Revenue

August 22, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

Trade War Threatens $1.5 Billion in Kentucky Exports QUOTE FROM FARMERS FOR FREE TRADE BOARD PRESIDENT SARA LILYGREN: “Farmers and manufacturers have been told repeatedly to ‘be patient’ while their prices plummet and their export markets are taken over by foreign competitors. The trade war comes with a heavy price and the next round of tariffs will only hit American businesses even harder. We hope Secretary Ross hears from Kentucky farmers, manufacturers, and workers that it’s time to end the trade war so America’s heartland can start thriving once again.” A NEW ROUND OF TARIFFS ON AMERICAN EXPORTS STARTS TOMORROW. […]

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Farmers for Free Trade Purchases Billboards, Radio Ads in North Dakota Ahead of Commerce Secretary Ross’s Thursday Visit

August 22, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

(Fargo, N.D.) — Farmers for Free Trade purchased billboard and radio ads to send a clear message to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who will visit North Dakota this Thursday to discuss the impact of tariffs and trade on farmers and the agriculture industry broadly. For the week of August 20, eight billboards throughout Fargo will rotate with the message, “Secretary Ross, Tariffs Hurt ND Farmers.” The billboards are running now. Below is an example of how they appear. Radio ads that highlight the impact of tariffs on North Dakota farmers will run on Thursday, August 23rd in the Fargo market. […]

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As Trade War Escalates, Tariffs are Costing California Farmers Billions

August 15, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

New UC Davis Study Estimates $3.4 Billion In Losses for State’s Biggest Agriculture Exports QUOTE FROM BRIAN KUEHL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FARMERS FOR FREE TRADE: “As the biggest agricultural exporter in the country, California has the most to lose as commodity prices drop and markets disappear. The USDA has attempted to mitigate some of the damage with $12 billion in payments for farmers across the country, but the hit to California fruit and nut exports alone would amount to more than a third of the USDA’s entire compensation program. One trip to the Central Valley is all it should take for […]

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What They Are Saying…

August 15, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

Conservative Media Continues Weighing in Against Trumps Tariffs   Townhall: Farmers Backed Trump But Suffer from His Trade War Trade-warring and the retaliatory tariffs that those conflicts produce do not have a good effect on American produce and related industries. Just in recent days, we’ve seen reports that wheat farmers, hog farmers, soybean farmers, almond farmers, beer brewers, lobstermen, dock workers, and so many others are being affected. Weekly Standard: Meet the Winners of the Trade War The tariffs are damaging a broad range of industries, including agriculture and consumer goods, but a closer look at the soybean market reminds […]

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NEW UC ANR STUDY: Fruit and Nut Tariffs Estimated to Cost $3.4 Billion Annually

August 14, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

California Agriculture Industry Gets Hammered By Tariffs as USDA Secretary Visits Central Valley WASHINGTON – A new study from the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Issues Center finds that tariffs on 10 fruit and tree nut exports alone are estimated to cost the United States $3.4 billion annually. According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, fruit and tree nuts account for more than half of the state’s agricultural exports. Fruits and nuts are unlikely to receive direct payments through the Market Facilitation Program and will be limited to the Food Purchase and Distribution Program as […]

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As Trade War Escalates, Costs Mount for Missouri

August 14, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

New Tariffs Threaten to Escalate Damage as Prices for Goods Drop, Markets Disappear QUOTE FROM ALAN WEBER, FARMER AND AGRICULTURAL ECONOMIST, MARSHALL, MO: “As producers we keep hearing that we need to be patient as the trade war continues to escalate. It’s getting harder and harder to be patient while tariffs are causing long-term damage for Missouri farmers. International markets we have worked years to develop are disappearing as competitors move in and commodity prices continue to drop. It’s time to end the trade war before tariffs cause any more economic pain for rural America.” ‘MISSOURI FARMERS SAY TRADE WAR THREATENING […]

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The Tariff Toll: Tracking Stories of Damage from the Trade War in Communities Across America

August 9, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

UPDATED: Local businesses are facing rising costs due to tariffs. The National Fisheries Institute is highlighting the plight of the seafood industry which relies heavily on imports and exports, and has paid a particularly heavy price. Watch the videos they’ve produced below and at ABOUTSEAFOOD.COM Tariffs Hurt the Heartland is a coalition that tells the stories farmers, manufacturers, workers, and consumers across America who are paying the price of the ongoing trade war. MORE AT ABOUTSEAFOOD.COM & TARIFFSHURT.COM MAINE Brown Trading Company, Portland, ME: “Without the option to import seafood, it would drastically affect our business.”              WATCH: Jack Lombard of Portland, ME […]

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