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Farmers Bear The Brunt Of Trade Uncertainty & Retaliatory Tariffs
Lost Markets & Income Could Have Devastating Long Term Negative Effect


(Source: Triad Business Journal, The Wall Street Journal, Post-Tribune & The Gazette)
 

U.S. Agriculture Community Describes The “Challenging” & “Devastating” Situation Facing America’s Farmers:

Iowa Secretary Of Agriculture Mike Naig: “There Are Real Issues In Our Trade Relationship With China That Need To Be Addressed, But Iowa Agriculture Cannot Continue To Bear The Brunt Of The Retaliation From Our Trading Partners.” (Rod Swoboda, “Iowa To Be Hit Hard By New Chinese Tariffs,” Wallaces Farmer, 7/9/18)

Iowa Soybean Farmer & President Of The American Soybean Association John Heisdorffer: “Soybeans Are The Top Agriculture Export For The United States, And China Is The Top Market For Purchasing Those Exports.  The Math Is Simple.  You Tax Soybean Exports At 25-Percent, And You Have Serious Damage To Farmers.” (Jackie Wattles, “US Soybean Farmers Say China Tariffs Could Result In ‘Serious Damage,’” CNN, 7/8/18)

Indiana Farmer David Rodibaugh: “It Will Be More Challenging For Soybean Farmers To Survive And The Industry May See Some Downsizing.  In The Last Couple Of Months, Prices Have Retreated Significantly On Beans.” (Karen Caffarini, “As Tariffs Begin, Northwest Indiana Auto Workers And Farmers Share Concerns,” Post-Tribune, 7/10/18)

Indiana Farmer Harold Parker: “Everybody Is A Little Jittery.  You Set Your Goals, And When You Have To Back Down From Your Goals, It’s Always Tough.” (“Tariffs Have Soybean Farmers Fretting Over Lost Income,” CBS News, 7/13/18)

Iowa Farmer Trent Thiele: “We Usually Try To Expand A Little Bit Every Year Just So We Aren’t Going Backward.  We Did Not Expand Any At All This Year Due To Where We’re At, With The Uncertainty.” (Erin Murphy, “Bumper Crops And Tariffs Pose Double Whammy For Iowa Farmers,” The Gazette, 7/7/18)

Iowa Soybean Farmer & President Of The Iowa Soybean Association Bill Shipley: “Long-Term, If These Tariffs Stay In Effect, It Could Be Very Devastating To Us.  If This Continues, This Will Not Bode Well For The Iowa Soybean Farmer, Or Agriculture As A Whole.” (Erin Murphy, “Bumper Crops And Tariffs Pose Double Whammy For Iowa Farmers,” The Gazette, 7/7/18)

Michigan Farmer David Williams: “Nobody Wins In A Trade War.  We’re Not Going To Win.  China’s Not Going To Win.  In The Meantime, Soybean Farmers Are Just Hurting.” (Breana Noble, “Michigan Farmers Caught In Trade War Crossfire,” The Detroit News, 7/12/18)

Michigan Farm Bureau Livestock Specialist Ernie Birchmeier: “Free And Fair Trade Means Free Access To Those Markets At A Playing Field That Is Level, But Without Actual Trade Barriers.  Open All The Trade Barriers, Allow Us To Compete, And The American Farmer Would Compete With Anyone In The World.” (Breana Noble, “Michigan Farmers Caught In Trade War Crossfire,” The Detroit News, 7/12/18)

Farmer & Iowa Pork Producers Association President Gregg Hora: “Trade Discussions And Disputes Are Having A Negative Effect On (Prices) At The Time.” (Erin Murphy, “Bumper Crops And Tariffs Pose Double Whammy For Iowa Farmers,” The Gazette, 7/7/18)

Kansas Farmer Ted Guetterman: “China Is One Of Our Biggest Customers For U.S. Soybeans, So If We Lose That Market, It’s Going To Hurt The American Farmer.” (Steven Dial, “VP Pence Talks Tariffs; Kansas And Missouri Farmers Brace For Impact,” KSHB, 7/11/18)

American Soybean Association CEO Ryan Findlay: “If Somebody Were To Lose 20 Percent Of Their Income, That Hurts.  I Don’t Care What Segment Of Industry You’re In, That Hurts – And Farmers Are Feeling That Right Now.  And They’re Starting To Feel That Emotional Impact.” (Jeff Daniels, “Current US Soybean Prices Don’t Support Farmers Paying Bills, Says Top Industry Official,” CNBC, 7/12/18)

US Dairy Export Council SVP Jaime Castaneda: “You Have To Put All Of This Into Context. Producers Have Had 3 Years Of Low Prices And This Fall Was Looking Promising.  We Were Going To Get Back To Profitable Margins For The First Time In Years.  All That Is Gone Now.” (Jackie Wattles, “US Soybean Farmers Say China Tariffs Could Result In ‘Serious Damage,’” CNN, 7/8/18)

U.S. Apple Association Spokesperson Tracy Grondine: “If Momentum Is Lost It Will Be Difficult To Regain.  What We Will Likely See Happen In The Short-Term Is Apples That Were Destined For Export Markets Will Instead Overhang The U.S. Market.” (Jackie Wattles, “US Soybean Farmers Say China Tariffs Could Result In ‘Serious Damage,’” CNN, 7/8/18)

Northern Food Grade Soybean Association President Curt Petrich: “There Is A Better Way Of Addressing Our Partners Than Starting A Trade War.” (Lori Ann LaRocco, “North Dakota Soybean Processors Hit Hard By Tariffs As China Cancels Orders,” CNBC, 7/11/18)

Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst: “The Soybean Farmers Across The Country Are The Ones Feeling The Pain.  Long-Term, This Is Not Good For The Farmers.” (Lori Ann LaRocco, “North Dakota Soybean Processors Hit Hard By Tariffs As China Cancels Orders,” CNBC, 7/11/18)

Sartori Cheese President Jeff Schwager: “I Have Yet To Find An Example Where Tariffs Have Worked For The Long Term Good Of The Country That First Imposes Them.” (Mark McPherson, “Tariffs Hurting Dairy Industry In Wisconsin,” WDJT, 7/12/18)

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