For Immediate Release
Contact: Kevin Lawlor

April 4, 2018

Americans For Farmers & Families Statement On China Response To President Trump’s Latest Tariffs

(Washington, D.C.) – Americans for Farmers & Families (AFF) today released the following statement from Casey Guernsey, former member of the Missouri State House who leads AFF’s “Retaliation Hurts Rural Families” initiative, after China threatened to levy more tariffs on U.S. products, including soybeans, in response to President Trump’s latest trade actions:

“If there was ever a question of whether or not tariffs lead to retaliation, that question was answered today when China announced even more tariffs on U.S. goods.  Just as members of President Trump’s own cabinet have warned, America’s food and agriculture industries are now taking a direct hit – and our farmers and families will pay the price.

“China has been a leading export market for U.S. agricultural products such as soybeans.  But now that source of customers, revenue and ultimately more American jobs is on the chopping block.

“We recognize the need to hold China accountable for its unfair trading practices, but that should not be done at the expense of America’s food and agriculture industries, the millions of workers they employ here at home and the millions of families they feed around the world.

“Now more than ever, the Trump Administration should be focused on delivering modernized deals like the North America Free Trade Agreement that preserve and expand access to critical markets.  Farmers and families are counting on them to get this right.”