For Immediate Release:
Contact: Lauren Aronson
(201) 213-5004

September 17, 2018

AFF Statement Responding To U.S. Tariffs On Additional $200 Billion Of Chinese Imports

(Washington, D.C.) – Americans for Farmers & Families (AFF) today released the following statement from Casey Guernsey, a seventh-generation farmer, former Missouri state legislator and spokesman for AFF’s “Retaliation Hurts Rural Families” initiative, after the U.S. imposed tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese imports.

“America’s economy is booming because of President Trump’s work to lower taxes, encourage investment and job creation and lighten our load of burdensome regulations – welcome changes for family farmers like me.  As he continues to make progress on trade with our European and North American Free Trade Agreement partners, today’s announcement  increases the uncertainty we’re facing across rural America.  As trade tensions escalate, and our ability to sell our goods to major markets diminishes, we’re having to make long-term business decisions that could affect our farms for generations.  Many family farmers are canceling new projects, selling their equipment and livestock, and even thinking about closing their operations entirely.

“With farm income down more than 50 percent over the past five years, what we need now more than ever is the ability to sell our homegrown products around the globe.  As President Trump looks for ways to support America’s farmers, I urge him to focus on long-term solutions that give us the market access and certainty we need.”