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May 21, 2018 by mmcalvanah | Category: News |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/21/18               CONTACT: matt@farmersforfreetrade.com  Farmers for Free Trade applauds progress but cautions that much work remains (Washington D.C.) – Today, Brian Kuehl, Executive Director of Farmers for Free Trade, released the following statement on the framework the U.S. and China announced over the weekend as part of negotiations on avoiding additional tariffs. Farmers for Free Trade, is a bipartisan coalition that has been organizing farmers nationally in support of free trade and that has spearheaded advocacy efforts to protect ag trade and open new markets. “The framework that the U.S. and China agreed to is an important first step in […]

May 15, 2018 by mmcalvanah | Category: News |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/14/18                                                CONTACT: matt@farmersforfreetrade.com Erickson-Jones in testimony to USTR: “The U.S. farm community is already feeling the effects of threatened tariff action including depressed commodity prices, shipments held up at port, increased inspections and cancelled orders. Make no mistake about it, these market interruptions can devastate ag prices and drive U.S. farmers out of business.” (Washington D.C.) – Tomorrow, Michelle Erickson-Jones, a member of Farmers for Free Trade, will testify at the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) hearing on potential tariffs related to Section 301 trade actions against China. In her testimony, Erickson-Jones who raises grains, oilseeds, alfalfa, and cow-calves in Broadview, Montana, […]

April 24, 2018 by mmcalvanah | Category: News |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 4/24/18                                   CONTACT: matt@farmersforfreetrade.com FFT releases ‘Farmers Pay the Price’ a guide to how retaliatory tariffs from the 232 trade action hurt American exports of fruit, nuts, pork and other commodities READ THE FULL REPORT HERE (Washington, D.C.) – Farmers for Free Trade, a bipartisan campaign to rebuild support for trade at the grassroots level, today released a new report highlighting the significant impact Chinese retaliation from steel and aluminum  tariffs will have on U.S. wine, almond, walnut, pork, cherry, and many other commodity producers. The report also shows how economies of certain states will be […]

April 12, 2018 by mmcalvanah | 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 […]

April 4, 2018 by mmcalvanah | Category: News |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 4/4/18                                     CONTACT: matt@farmersforfreetrade.com (Bozeman, Montana) – Today, Senator Max Baucus, Co-Chair of Farmers for Free Trade, released a statement after China announced plans to target U.S. ag exports as retaliation for U.S. tariffs stemming from the section 301 investigation. The full list of U.S. exports being targeted by China is available HERE. “American farmers are waking up this morning to the prospect of a 25% tax on exports that help sustain their farming operations. Farmers are watching as commodity futures tumble and the costs […]

April 3, 2018 by mmcalvanah | Category: Uncategorized |

​ ​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 4/3/18                                     CONTACT: matt@farmersforfreetrade.com (Sheridan, Wyoming) – Today, Senator Max Baucus, Co-Chair of Farmers for Free Trade, released the following statement on the Section 301 tariff announcement. “Farmers are going to get squeezed by this decision from all sides. First, the tariffs the U.S. announced today will make the ag equipment and inputs they rely on more expensive. Then they’ll  face new tariffs on their exports when China retaliates. And as we saw  yesterday, China is more than willing to target American farmers with […]

April 2, 2018 by mmcalvanah | Category: News |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 4/2/18                                     CONTACT: matt@farmersforfreetrade.com Statement from Farmers for Free Trade Co-Chair Max Baucus on China Imposing Tariffs on American Agriculture Products (Bozeman, MT) – Today, Farmers for Free Trade Co-Chair Max Baucus released the following statement after China imposed new tariffs on American agricultural exports as retaliation for U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum. “This is a tax on American farmers, brought about by protectionist trade policies. American farmers appear to be the first casualties of an escalating trade war. With […]

March 30, 2018 by mmcalvanah | Category: News |

Farmers from Montana and Indiana featured in personal appeals to President Trump that are running on cable news, online, and in ag communities across the country Watch: Indiana soy and corn farmer Brent Bible says his farm “could be one of the first casualties of a trade war.” Watch: Fourth-generation Montana farmer Michelle Erickson-Jones says “policies that restrict trade would be devastating for farms like ours.” Reuters: U.S. farm group targets Trump with free-trade ads (03/13/18) “A farm lobbying group is spending $500,000 to air television ads on channels near U.S. President Donald Trump’s home in Florida to encourage free […]

March 29, 2018 by mmcalvanah | Category: Uncategorized |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: matt@farmersforfreetrade.com As China Prepares Retaliatory Tariffs on American Ag Exports, Farmers for Free Trade Releases New National TV Advertisement Warning President Trump of Impact on Farmers WATCH – National Ad Features Indiana Soy Farmer and Former State Trooper Brent Bible who cautions: “Our farm and many others like ours will be one of the first casualties of a trade war.” American Soybean Association President: “Retaliation that reduces demand and prices for our crops will further harm farmers and rural communities that depend on exports.” (Washington, D.C.) – Farmers for Free Trade today released a new national cable […]

March 27, 2018 by mmcalvanah | Category: News |

Farmers for Free Trade Releases “Voice of the Farmer” Ad Campaign Asking President Trump to Protect Trade Watch the Ad Now! Read more about the campaign: Farmers want some of Trump’s TV Time (Politico), Farmers for Free Trade Launch “Voice of Farmer” Campaign (Farm Futures), U.S. farm group targets Trump with free-trade ads (Reuters) Farmers for Free Trade Invites Farmers to Add Their Voices to the Trade Debate FFT is asking farmers from around the country to create a short video talking about the critical role trade plays in agriculture. Learn more about how to make your voice heard at FarmersforFreeTrade.com. […]