What They’re Saying: Farmers for Free Trade Asks Trump Administration to Protect Free Trade in New Ad Campaign

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 trade, with the group worried recent metal tariffs could result in retaliation against U.S. agricultural goods. Farmers for Free Trade, a bipartisan group, on Tuesday said it would run ads on programs the president is known to watch – including “Fox and Friends” and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

POLITICO: Farmers want some of Trump’s TV time (03/13/18)

“The effort by farmers, a key part of the president’s base, will be the first to appeal directly to the president in his living room. The advertisement, which starts Wednesday and runs through the month, will air during Fox and Friends, Lou Dobbs and Morning Joe — some of Trump’s favorite shows for distilling the day’s news, said one source familiar with the planning of the campaign.”

POLITICO Playbook: Pence and McCarthy have 6-million-dollar day in NYC (03/13/18)

“AD WARS: PER MORNING TRADE: “U.S. farmers, who represent a crucial part of President Donald Trump’s base of support, are taking advantage of the president’s well-known television-watching habits this month to try to send a trade message to the White House. With a TV advertisement that will air on Fox News’ ‘Fox & Friends,’ Fox Business and MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe,’ farmers are launching their first major effort to use the airwaves to sway Trump on his trade policies in the aftermath of his steel and aluminum tariff action.”

POLITICO Morning Trade: GOP Hill leaders backing away from fighting over tariffs (03/13/18)

“FARMERS FLOCK TO FOX NEWS TO BEND TRUMP’S EAR ON TRADE: U.S. farmers, who represent a crucial part of President Donald Trump’s base of support, are taking advantage of the president’s well-known television-watching habits this month to try to send a trade message to the White House. With a TV advertisement that will air on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” Fox Business and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” farmers are launching their first major effort to use the airwaves to sway Trump on his trade policies in the aftermath of his steel and aluminum tariff action. The half-million-dollar ad buy comes as agricultural groups are increasingly concerned that they will be among the hardest hit in the event that another country decides to retaliate against the U.S. for those tariffs.”

POLITICO Morning Trade: Ag groups get their day at the Winder (03/30/18)

“FARMERS BACK ON TRUMP’S AIRWAVES: A group of farm organizations isn’t resting in trying to get Trump’s attention, buying more ad time on some of Trump’s most-watched channels. The ad was paid for by Farmers for Free Trade — an advocacy group formed last year by several agriculture industry groups in response to the president’s potential withdrawal from NAFTA and other administration trade policies. The ad is the second the group has invested in. Earlier this month, a similar ad featured Montana farmer and rancher Michelle Erickson-Jones cautioning against trade restrictive policies.”

POLITICO Morning Agriculture: Cautious optimism on new nutrition goals (03/30/18)

“Farmers back on Trump’s airwaves: A group of farm organizations isn’t resting in trying to get Trump’s attention on TV. Farmers for Free Trade has put out its second ad that will run for the next two weeks on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC in both the Washington and West Palm Beach, Fla., media markets.”

POLITICO Influence: Remember the tariffs? (03/13/18)

“Farmers are also not pleased with the tariffs. POLITICO’s Adam Behsudi reported this morning that Farmers for Free Trade, an advocacy group formed by several agriculture industry groups, sponsored a half-million-dollar ad-buy to protest the tariffs.”

The Hill: Farmers hit Trump on trade in new ad (03/13/18)

“In the ad from Farmers for Free Trade, a coalition of agriculture groups, American farmers argue that a trade war sparked by Trump’s tariffs could hurt their businesses. ‘The crops that we grow here on this farm are exported across the globe,’ Montana farmer Michelle Erickson-Jones says in the ad.”

Inside U.S. Trade: Farmers for Free Trade wants Trump to see new ad showing farmers’ concerns about trade policies (03/13/18)

“A pro-trade agriculture group is taking to cable TV to show President Trump that farmers are growing concerned about his administration’s trade policies. Farmers for Free Trade, formed last year just before NAFTA renegotiation talks got underway, says its national cable ad , which began airing on Tuesday, ‘calls on the President to protect free trade policies that support American farmers.’”

AgDaily: Farmers for Free Trade TV ad hopes to get Trump’s attention (03/14/18)

“The spot, which features fourth-generation Montana farmer Michelle Erickson-Jones and her family, notes that while many rural Americans families are optimistic about economic growth under President Trump, there are mounting concerns among farmers about trade policies that would reduce access to the export markets they depend on.”

Farm Futures: Farmers for Free Trade launch ‘Voice of Farmer’ campaign (03/13/18)

“Farmers are increasingly concerned that President Trump’s trade policies will reduce access to export markets. In response, Farmers for Free Trade today released a national cable television advertisement that calls on Trump to protect free trade policies that support American farmers.”

Modern Farmer: “Farmers for Free Trade” runs ad during “Fox and Friends” to get Trump’s attention (03/16/18)

“Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum have triggered the countries that produce those products, like many in the European Union, to propose a retaliatory tariff of their own, more than a billion of which would be targeted at American agricultural products. This could be devastating to our nation’s farmers, some of which aren’t willing to let their exports die without a fight. Farmers for Free Trade, a coalition of farmers, farm corporations, farm groups, and former politicians from both major parties, is taking a creative route to get Trump to hear their message.”

KTIC Radio: (Video) Farmers for Free Trade Launching $500,000 ad campaign on trade (03/15/18)

“The ad will highlight Montana grain and oilseed farmer Michelle Erickson-Jones. It’s scheduled to run on Fox and Friends, Lou Dobbs, and Morning Joe, as well as online. In the ad, Erickson-Jones says, ‘We depend on free trade policies to maintain our export markets.’”

American Ag Radio Network: Farmers for Free Trade launching $500,000 ad campaign on trade (03/13/18)

Farmers for Free Trade is gearing up for a half-million-dollar ad campaign for a new television ad warning against the aggressive trade policies of President Trump. Farmers for Free Trade says those policies make agriculture a prime target against trade retaliation.”

 

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