For Immediate Release:
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August 1, 2018

Americans For Farmers & Families Statement Responding To The U.S. Decision To Increase Tariffs On 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, following news reports that the Trump Administration plans to increase tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports from 10 to 25 percent:

“Sir Isaac Newton may have been talking about physics when he said, ‘for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction,’ but his law has taken on a whole new economic meaning as trade tensions between the U.S. and China continue to escalate.  When the U.S. first imposed tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese products, China quickly followed suit and American farmers continue to bear the brunt of their retaliation.

“With 25-percent tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese products, there is no doubt China would again do the same to America’s exporters – increasing trade barriers to markets that are essential to our success as agricultural producers, providers and economic drivers.

“China is a critical market for the agricultural industry and I urge the administration to look for opportunities to hold China accountable while breaking down barriers to trade, not building them up.  When it comes to trade, farmers cannot afford any more of Newton’s third law.”