Monthly Archives: December 2018

Farmers for Free Trade Statement on CPTPP Going into Effect and the Competitive Disadvantage it Creates for American Farmers

December 30, 2018 by FFT | Category: News |

Sheridan, WY – Today, Brian Kuehl, Co-Executive Director of Farmers for Free Trade, the nationwide campaign to support trade policy that opens markets for American farmers and ranchers, released the following statement as the the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) went into effect for six of its eleven members. Farmers for Free Trade is a bipartisan campaign co-chaired by former Senator Baucus and former Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN). “Today marks the beginning of an era of lost opportunity for American farmers and ranchers. While America stands on the sidelines, countries that directly compete with our farmers – including Mexico, […]

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Tariffs Paid By Louisiana Businesses Have Increased Eightfold, According to Data Released at a Town Hall with Former Congressman Dr. Charles Boustany

December 13, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

Most recent monthly data shows Louisiana businesses paid $19 million in tariffs on products subject to new Trump tariffs during October; more than eight times what was paid on the same products last year Louisiana businesses have now paid an extra $85 million in import tariffs Louisiana exports are also paying the price for trade war, as local farmers and manufacturers have faced $39 million in new retaliatory tariffs on goods exported out of the state FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: or (LAFAYETTE, LA) – A group of representatives from Louisiana’s business and manufacturing community joined Tariffs Hurt the […]

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New Tariff Data Shows October Was the Highest Tariffed Month in U.S. History

December 7, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

U.S. businesses paid $6.2 billion in tariffs in October including $2.8 billion in new tariffs on products that have been targeted by the Trump Administration  Data shows that tariffs have failed to achieve any stated Administration goals: US imports subject to new tariffs declined by just 0.6% in October, while US exports subject to retaliation fell 37%; Businesses are still importing goods while paying higher taxes, exports are falling, trade deficit is growing Tariffs Hurt the Heartland spokesman Charles Boustany: “The numbers don’t lie. Americans are paying these taxes and they’re paying more than ever before.” FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: or (Washington, […]

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Farmers for Free Trade Statement on Announcement to Hold Off on January 1st Tariff Increases

December 2, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                       CONTACT: (CHICAGO, IL) – Farmers for Free Trade Executive Director Angela Hofmann released the following statement today on the announced agreement to hold off on tariff increases on January 1st. Hofmann released the statement from the Illinois Farm Bureau Convention where she is talking to farmers and ranchers about the importance of trade and the impacts they have felt from the ongoing trade war. “Any signal, even if temporary, that this trade war may de-escalate is welcome news […]

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