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Farmers & Economists Underscore Importance Of Certainty In Free Trade
U.S. Agriculture Will Be Frontline Casualty In Retaliatory Measures Resulting From Tariffs

(Source: The Guardian, Des Moines Register)
 

Minnesota Farmer Bryan Klabunde: “They’re Going To Hit Farmers.  We Want Things Fair For All Industries, But We’re Going To Take The Brunt Of The Punishment If Other Countries Retaliate.” (Paul Wiseman & Steve Karnowski, “From Distillers To Farmers, Trade War Would Cause Casualties,” The Associated Press, 6/2/18)

Nebraska Dairy Farmer Ben Steffen: “I’m Upset Because It Hits Me In My Pocketbook From Multiple Angles.  I Sell Corn, I Sell Soybeans And I Sell Milk.  All Of Those Products Are Vulnerable Because We Export Significant Amounts In Those Markets.” (Paul Wiseman & Steve Karnowski, “From Distillers To Farmers, Trade War Would Cause Casualties,” Associated Press, 6/2/18)

Iowa Pork Producers Association President Gregg Hora: “We’ve Worked Many Years, Spent A Lot Of Time And Money Building Trade Relationships To Expand Markets In Canada, Mexico And Other Key Economic Trading Countries.  We’re Concerned About The Loss Of Market Share We’ve Built Up Over The Years.” (Donnelle Eller, “Trade War: Mexico Pork Tariff Threats Push Iowa Losses To $560 Million,” Des Moines Register, 6/1/18)

Iowa Pork Producer & Corn Farmer Bob Hemesath: “If We Lose The Export Markets, It Will Hurt Us From An Economic Standpoint.  It Will Hurt The Ability To Provide For Our Family, And It Will Hurt The State And The Nation As it Will Hurt Our Economy Eventually.  Agriculture Is One Of The Biggest Industries In Iowa.  It Supports A Lot Of Jobs.  If Agriculture Suffers, Small-Town Main Street Suffers.” (Maura Barrett & Vaughn Hillyard, “Iowa Farmers Are Uneasy With Trade Wars As Export Tariff Threats Mount,” NBC News, 6/4/18)

California Farmer Jeff Colombini: “With These Tariffs, It’s Going To Make The Product Too Expensive For The Consumers In Mexico And In Canada And In The EU.” (Paul Wiseman & Steve Karnowski, “From Distillers To Farmers, Trade War Would Cause Casualties,” Associated Press, 6/2/18)

University Of Minnesota Agronomist Seth Naeve: “Well, The Soybean Industry In The U.S. Is Entirely Dependent On Trade.  So Around 60 Percent Of Our Soybeans Go Out Of The Country.” (“Midwest Farmers Fret About Tariffs Talk, Especially Soybeans,” KELO, 6/4/18)

Kerns & Associates Agriculture Economist Steve Meyer: “The Point Is The Whole Iowa Economy May Start To Suffer, And That Is Where Consumers May Notice.  The Average Iowan Understands That Our State’s Prosperity Depends On Agriculture.  Keep Closing Agriculture Markets, And You Could See Trouble Throughout The State.” (Danny Lawhon, “What The Latest Round Of Pork Tariffs Could Do To Your Iowa Grocery Bill,” Des Moines Register, 6/1/18)

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