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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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Farmers for Free Trade Statement on Signing of United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

November 30, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

“USMCA is significant win for American farmers, but it’s a win that comes with a big caveat.” (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Brian Kuehl, Executive Director of Farmers for Free Trade, released the following statement on the signing of the United State-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Farmers for Free Trade is a bipartisan campaign co-chaired by former Senators Max Baucus and Richard Lugar that amplifies the voices of American farmers, ranchers and agricultural businesses that support free trade. “Signing USMCA is a significant win for American farmers, but it’s a win that comes with a big caveat. While USMCA offers exciting opportunities for […]

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New Data Shows Washington State Businesses Have Paid $100 Million in Additional Tariffs; State Farmers and Exporters Have Also Faced Over $100 Million in Retaliatory Tariffs

November 14, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

SEATTLE, WA – Representatives from Washington’s agriculture, small business and global trade sectors joined Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a nationwide grassroots campaign against tariffs, at a town hall today to unveil new economic data detailing the impact of tariffs on the state’s economy. The data, compiled by the Trade Partnership, shows that tariffs cost Washington businesses an added $100 million since new tariffs were imposed this year. The data also shows that Washington exports have been subject to another $103 million in retaliatory tariffs thanks to ongoing trade disputes. These costs fall squarely on the backs of farmers, manufacturers, small business […]

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Tariffs Taking a Toll on Markets with ‘Rough 2019’ in Store

November 8, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

WASHINGTON – The trade war is creating pain for America’s economy. Exports are declining, jobs are disappearing, and prices are rising for everyday items. Now, the markets are starting to react, and it’s becoming clear that tariffs are starting to take a toll on the underpinnings of the economy. As tariffs continue to hurt American businesses, workers, and families, the message from the markets is clear: the trade war needs to end before things get even worse. MARKETWATCH: ‘Stock market turns negative amid report that U.S. set to impose tariffs on all remaining Chinese imports.’ “U.S. stocks lost altitude and […]

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TARIFF TRACKER: New Data Shows American Businesses Paying Unprecedented Tariffs; Exports Subject to Retaliation Declining Rapidly

November 5, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        CONTACT: or On imports alone, monthly Census data on calculated duties shows a $1.4 billion spike from Trump Administration tariffs actions; U.S. businesses paid $4.4 billion in tariffs in September Separate export data shows that once growing U.S. exports are declining because of tariffs; products subject to retaliatory tariffs declined by $2.5 billion, or 26 percent in September compared to the previous year (Washington D.C.) – New data released by Tariffs Hurt the Heartland and compiled by The Trade Partnership from monthly U.S. government […]

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West Virginia Miners ‘Walking A Tightrope’ Amid Trade Wars

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

QUOTE FROM TARIFFS HURT THE HEARTLAND SPOKESMAN BRIAN KUEHL: “Tariffs have a sweeping impact that hurts businesses, farmers, manufacturers, miners, workers and families across West Virginia. As the trade war continues, the costs will only grow. Tariffs cost jobs, raise prices for everyday items, and make it harder for manufacturers and other businesses to keep their doors open. We need to end tariffs before the damage gets worse.” ALUMINUM TARIFFS WILL HURT WEST VIRGINIA’S VITAL AEROSPACE INDUSTRY. “Aerospace companies in West Virginia have an economic impact of over $1 billion per year in the counties of North Central West Virginia […]

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While President Visits Elko, Trade War Continues to Hurt Nevada Families

October 19, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

QUOTE FROM TARIFFS HURT THE HEARTLAND SPOKESPERSON BRIAN KUEHL: “With a large agriculture industry that supports the state’s rural economy and an important advanced manufacturing base, the trade war is hitting Nevada where it hurts most. The pain will only continue as tariffs take an effect on everyday necessities, driving up prices for the items that Nevadans buy most. Tariffs are taxes that hurt everyone, including families, workers, farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, and retailers. As the trade war keeps escalating, communities like Elko will continue to suffer.” TARIFFS ARE PART OF ‘PERFECT STORM’ SLAMMING NEVADA FARMS. “A wall of surplus beef, […]

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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 to view “Rounding Error” to new 30 second spot now running on national cable networks FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                  CONTACT: or (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 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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Farmers for Free Trade Statement on Possible Government Program for Farmers on Tariffs

April 12, 2018 by FFT | Category: Uncategorized |

(Sheridan, Wyoming) – Today, Brian Kuehl, Executive Director of Farmers for Free Trade released the following statement after reports that the Administration is crafting a plan to attempt to mitigate the negative impacts of retaliation on farmers from proposed tariffs with a government-run mitigation program. The Administration has not yet released details on who would receive government assistance, how they might qualify, when a program could be put into place, or how long it would last. “Farmers need sustained access to our second-largest agriculture export market. A mitigation program can’t replace markets that will be lost, and long-term impacts will […]

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