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“These tariffs will harm U.S. farmers and take many American farm operations to the breaking point.”
“American farmers overwhelmingly supported President Trump in 2016 but will not be silent in the face of trade wars that harm U.S. agriculture.”
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Brian Kuehl, Executive Director of Farmers for Free Trade made the following statement after Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced that the U.S. will place steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexico, Canada, and the E.U. All of the targeted countries are expected to place retaliatory tariffs on American ag products.
“This announcement opens the floodgates to billions in new tariffs on American agriculture. The list of countries targeting or planning to target American ag exports now includes 28 E.U. members, our closest trading partners in Canada and Mexico, and the world’s largest export markets in China and India. These are markets that the American heartland depends on for economic survival.
“These tariffs will harm U.S. farmers and take many American farm operations to the breaking point. Already, farmers are grappling with the impact of previous tariffs which have caused falling commodity futures, higher equipment prices, and the markets they’ve fought to get into for decades to vanish overnight. The addition of new retaliatory tariffs on everything from bourbon, to rice, to orange juice and cranberries will only widen the pain to additional farmers across the country.
“American farmers overwhelmingly supported President Trump in 2016 but will not be silent in the face of trade wars that harm U.S. agriculture. This summer, as lawmakers return home, the voices of farmers who are bearing the brunt of trade chaos and uncertainty will be heard. For many farmers, this is a matter of economic survival. We will continue to fight to ensure the Administration is listening to America’s rural communities in the weeks and months ahead.”