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July 6, 2018 by mmcalvanah | 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 […]

June 21, 2018 by mmcalvanah | Category: News |

WATCH – New national TV and digital ad features Mark Boyer, owner of family-run orchard in Fishertown, PA; Boyer on impacts of trade war: “The stakes are high. People will lose their jobs.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf6YFwMwqqI (Washington, D.C.) – Farmers for Free Trade and the U.S. Apple Association released a new national cable television advertisement today that provides an on-the-ground look at how current trade disputes are damaging export markets for American farmers. The spot features Mark Boyer, part-owner of Ridgetop Orchards, a family-run farm in Fishertown, Pennsylvania. Apples are among the U.S.-grown products that are being targeted by trading partners with retaliatory tariffs […]

June 15, 2018 by mmcalvanah | Category: News |

(Washington D.C.) – Farmers for Free Trade Executive Director, Brian Kuehl released the following statement following reports that the Administration will move forward with $50 billion in tariffs on China which are expected to result in heavy retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural exports. “For American farmers this isn’t theoretical anymore, it’s downright scary. It’s no longer a negotiating tactic, it’s a tax on their livelihoods. Within days, soybean, corn, wheat and other American farmers are likely to be hit with retaliatory tariff of up to 25% on exports that keep their operations afloat. When they do, they’re not going to remain silent. […]

June 5, 2018 by mmcalvanah | Category: News |

(Washington D.C.) – Farmers for Free Trade Deputy Director Angela Hofmann released the following statement after the immediate imposition of tariffs of 10 and 20 percent on U.S. ag exports in retaliation for steel and aluminum tariffs. The list of Mexican tariffs is HERE. “These tariffs will exact immediate and painful consequences on many American farmers.  Hog, apple, potato and dairy farmers are among those suddenly facing a 10 or 20 percent tax hike on the exports they depend of for their livelihoods. Farmers need certainty and open markets to make ends meet. Right now they are getting chaos and protectionism. “The […]

May 31, 2018 by mmcalvanah | Category: News |

​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         CONTACT: matt@farmersforfreetrade.com “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 […]

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, […]

May 14, 2018 by mmcalvanah | Category: News |

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.” (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, will point out that the threatened 301 tariffs are already American hurting farmers and ranchers through decreased prices and new non-tariff […]

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 […]