For Immediate Release
Contact: Kevin Lawlor

May 31, 2018

Americans For Farmers & Families Statement On The U.S. Imposing Steel And Aluminum Tariffs On Critical Trading Partners, Allies
New Tariffs Could Hurt NAFTA Negotiations, Raise Taxes On American-Made Products

(Washington, D.C.) – Americans for Farmers & Families today released the following statement from Casey Guernsey, former Missouri state legislator and spokesman for AFF’s “Retaliation Hurts Rural Families” initiative, following the President’s decision to move forward with a 25 percent tariff increase on steel and aluminum imports from the EU, Canada and Mexico:

“The Administration’s decision to move forward with sweeping tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from our closest trading partners is a one-two punch for the millions of farmers and families who rely on these critical markets every day.  Not only will these tariffs threaten rural Americans’ ability to sell their homegrown goods with key U.S. allies – it puts the future of the North American Free Agreement in jeopardy.  As we continue to grapple with the inevitable retaliation from China as a result of more U.S. tariffs, the last thing we need is more uncertainty or retaliation from Mexico, Canada and the European Union.

“The facts are clear: Sweeping tariffs in any sector result in retaliatory measures that make it significantly harder for farmers to sell their homegrown goods to customers around the world.

“With farm income at a 12-year low, American farmers need a win now more than ever. Unfortunately, these latest tariffs will do just the opposite.

“We urge the Trump administration to reverse this misguided decision and instead focus on modernizing and strengthening critical trade agreements like NAFTA.  This action would show American farmers that their trust was not misplaced and provide the certainty we need to continue feeding families across the globe.”