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Continued Trade Disputes & Retaliation Stand To Harm Agriculture
Farmers Warn Against Making Industry “The Punching Bag” Amid Continued Uncertainty

(Source: Voice Of America, Bakersfield Californian, The Hill)

Threat Of Chinese Retaliatory Tariffs Already Hurting Ag Industry:

“Trump’s Tariffs Harm U.S. Interests More Than Their Intended Targets,” Global Trade Magazine, 5/31/18

“Trade Retaliation Already Hurting Pork Producers,” Southeast Ag Net, 5/31/18

“Renewed Talk Of Tariffs On China Worries Local Ag Groups,” Bakersfield Californian, 5/29/18

“Iowa Farmers Fear Retaliation From Proposed Tariffs On China,” KCCI, 5/29/18

“U.S.-China Trade Dispute Compounds Ag Industry Headaches,” Voice Of America, 5/25/18

“Trump Auto Tariff Blowback Likely To Hit Ag,” AgWeb, 5/25/18

“Trump Is My President, But Tariffs Would Ruin Company,” Traverse City Record Eagle, 5/24/18

Farmers Reiterate The Importance Of Free Trade & Stability To Their Bottom Lines:

Iowa Soybean Association’s Grant Kimberly: “[Tariffs Are] Very Important To Our Farmers Because China Is A Third of Our Market.” (Lauren Terrell, “Iowa Farmers Fear Retaliation From Proposed Tariffs On China,” KCCI, 5/29/18)

  • Kimberly: “Having Food Being Used As A Weapon In Any War Related To Trade Is Not A Good Thing For Farmers. It’s Not A Good Thing For Consumers.” (Lauren Terrell, “Iowa Farmers Fear Retaliation From Proposed Tariffs On China,” KCCI, 5/29/18)

Illinois Farmer Scott Halpin: “With The Negotiations The Way They’re Happening, It Can Hurt When Things Happen On A Daily Basis.  It’s Just Kind Of Uncertain Times Here In Farming.” (Kane Farabaugh, “US-China trade Dispute Compounds Ag Industry Headaches,” Voice Of America, 5/25/18

California Fresh Fruit Association Director Marcy Martin: “We Just Can’t Be The Punching Bag.  We Are Not The Primary Object Of This Situation With Tariffs.  It’s Aluminum, It’s Steel, It’s National Security Or It’s Trade Issues.  It’s Not Ag.” (John Cox, “Renewed Talk Of Tariffs On China Worries Local Ag Groups,” Bakersfield Californian, 5/29/18

Lucerne International CEO Mary Buchzeiger: “The Beating Heart Of What Often Is Called ‘Trump Country’ Would Be Stifled By The Unintended Consequences Of These Tariffs.” (Mary Buchzeiger, “Trump Is My President, But Tariffs Would Ruin Company,” Traverse City Record Eagle, 5/24/18)

Iowa State University Economics Professor Chad Hart: “It’s That Uncertainty That I Think Has The Financial Markets And The Agricultural Markets In An Uproar.” (Lauren Terrell, “Iowa Farmers Fear Retaliation From Proposed Tariffs On China,” KCCI, 5/29/18)

Foundation For Food And Agriculture Research Chairman Mark Keenum: “With The Possibility Of New Trade Tariffs Striking A Sensitive Chord In Rural America, Farmers Are Increasingly Concerned About Global Competitiveness And The Threat Of A Possible Trade War Affecting Their Bottom Line.” (Mark E. Keenum, “U.S. Farming Cannot Afford To Continue To Fall Behind,” The Hill, 5/29/18)

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