March 18, 2019 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

WASHINGTON – As the trade war drags on, new data shows that tariffs are a growing drag on U.S. businesses and the economy. The price tag for the trade war has now reached more than $20 billion with American consumers – not other countries – bearing the bulk of that cost. While that number alone is far too high, it doesn’t include the cost of retaliatory tariffs that are causing exports to plummet, or the price of programs that are paying our farmers for the losses they have incurred, or the tariffs’ ripple effects on the broader U.S. economy. It […]

March 12, 2019 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

To celebrate National Ag Day farm groups are challenging families to educate the public about what trade means to their farm or ranch (Sheridan, WY) – Farmers for Free Trade, American Farm Bureau Federation, Corn Refiners Association, U.S. Apple Association, KCoe Isom, Illinois Farm Bureau, Texas Farm Bureau and the National Association of Wheat Growers today announced a social media contest that will celebrate National Ag Day, March 14th. The contest will reward those farmers and families who can best highlight the significance of how trade supports their farms, ranch or ag business.   “There’s never been a time when […]

March 11, 2019 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized | Ron Gibson is a 6th generation Utah dairy farmer, and president of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation. March 10th, 2019 For farmers in Utah, one of the most important things Congress can do is bring stability and certainty to the North American market. In the midst of so many trade disputes, nothing is more important that passing the new NAFTA now known as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, and regaining our key export markets to our country’s top trading partners. This comes at a critical time as farmers across our state are making plans for spring planting as well […]

March 6, 2019 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized | TimothGertson is a fifth-generation rice farmer from Lissie, Texas Farmers and small business owners across Texas know that trade is a vital economic factor in our economy. Texas leads the nation in trade with Canada and Mexico, which accounts for 44 percent of our agricultural exports. There is no doubt that one of the most important issues pending in Congress is support for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA). This is the new version of what’s been called NAFTA for more than 25 years, and it’s essential to the future of Texas agriculture. There is no agriculture product coming out of the […]

March 5, 2019 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

Impacts Discussed at Town Hall with Florida Manufacturers, Brewers, Business Owners JACKSONVILLE, FL – Florida manufacturers, brewers and business owners joined Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a nationwide nonpartisan campaign against tariffs, at a town hall to unveil new economic data detailing the impact of tariffs on Florida’s economy. The data, compiled by the Trade Partnership, shows that tariffs cost Florida businesses almost $92 million in November 2018 alone, more than eight times the tariffs paid on those same products last year.  The town hall meeting, which took place at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Jacksonville, featured panelists representing numerous critical sectors of Florida’s economy, […]

March 4, 2019 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized | Mike McMahon is a dairy farmer in Homer. His parents started farming there in 1957. UTICA OBSERVER DISPATCH – March 3rd 2019 For farmers across upstate New York there is nothing more important Congress can do than stabilize our relationship with our Northern neighbor by quickly passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement or USMCA. This agreement modernizes the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and it’s essential to protecting the ability of New York farmers to export goods to Mexico and Canada. Canada is the second largest market for US products being exported, and Mexico is the third largest. I am […]

February 26, 2019 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

11,000 Texas Farmers Ask for Relief from Trump’s Tariffs (Waco Tribune-Herald) “At least 11,000 Texas farmers believe they have suffered because of tariffs and trade disputes erupting amid President Donald Trump’s get-tough stance with China, which buys about half the cotton grown statewide, according to the Waco-based Texas Farm Bureau and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.” … “Texas Farm Bureau spokesman Gene Hall said farmers and ranchers have mixed feelings about the Trump administration, tariffs and the best approach to dealing with China.” … “‘A trade war could not have come at a worst possible time. It is being felt […]

February 25, 2019 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

VIEW THE DATABASE OF OVER 500 STORIES AT: (WASHINGTON) – Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, the nationwide campaign opposing tariffs supported by over 150 trade associations from every industry, today sent a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee along with over 500 stories of how tariffs are hurting Americans ahead of United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s scheduled testimony before the committee next week. The stories, which the campaign has been collecting since the start of the trade war, come from congressional districts and states in every corner of the country and reinforce that fact that Americans, not foreign countries, are […]

February 22, 2019 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

Trump’s repeated claim that China is paying ‘billions’ in tariffs to the Treasury By Glenn Kessler February 22, 2019 at 3:00 AM “Billions of Dollars are being paid to the United States by China in the form of Trade Tariffs!” — President Trump, in a tweet, Feb. 16, 2019 “The tariffs are bringing a tremendous amount of money to our Treasury.” — Trump, in remarks to the Cabinet, Feb. 12 “Those tariffs are costing them a lot of money, and they’re going into our Treasury; remember that, we’re filling up with billions of dollars.” — Trump, at a campaign rally in El Paso, Feb. […]

February 20, 2019 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

USMCA: Protecting local interests through an international trade deal Mark Stennes is the interim CEO of Chelan Fruit and a fourth-generation apple, pear and cherry grower For farmers and small businesses in our region, there will be no more important debate in Congress this year than the future of NAFTA, now called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement or USMCA. No matter what you call it, free trade with Canada and Mexico is a lifeline for jobs and the overall economy of our region — Canada is the United States’ number two export market, Mexico is number three. My family grows apples, pears and cherries throughout Eastern Washington. Our fruit […]