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Farmers Express Concern Over Current State Of American Agriculture
Reiterate Farm Income Is At Record Lows & Uncertainty Presents Unnecessary Challenge

             (Source: Wisconsin Farmers Union, WOSU)

Illinois Soybean Farmer Heath Houck: “I Am Nervous To Think About The Scenarios Of What’s Going To Happen If [Tariff] Does Go Into Effect.  In The Last Three To Five Years, With The Depressed Farming Economy The Way It Is, It Can Certainly Hamper Us Even Further.  It Kind Of Scares Me, To Be Honest.” (Jeff Daniels, “US Farmers ‘Nervous,’ As China Threat Of 25 Percent Tariffs On Soybeans Could Cause Pain,” CNBC, 6/14/18)

South Dakota Soybean Farmer Kevin Scott: “The Markets Are Very Soft Right Now.  We’ve Lost A Dollar Per Bushel In The Last Couple Of Weeks, And It’s Been Pretty Frustrating As A Farmer.” (Jeff Daniels, “US Farmers ‘Nervous,’ As China Threat Of 25 Percent Tariffs On Soybeans Could Cause Pain,” CNBC, 6/14/18)

Kentucky Soybean Farmer & American Soybean Association Vice President Davie Stephens: “As A Soy Grower, I Depend On Trade With China – China Imports Roughly 60% Of Total U.S. Soybean Exports, Representing Nearly 1 In 3 Rows Of Harvested Soybeans.” (“Ag Groups Push For #TradeNotTariffs,” Farm Futures, 6/14/18)

North Dakota Farmer & National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Skunes: “Farmers Are Busy With Planting Season But Are Moving Forward Without Knowing Who Will Buy Their Crop When It’s Harvested Later This Year.  With A 52 Percent Drop In Net Farm Income Over The Last Five Years And Depressed Commodity Prices, This Is Not The Time To Face Such A Burden.  This Uncertainty Impacts Every Step Of The Agriculture Economy, From Securing Financing To Marketing.” (Larry Dreiling, “Farm Groups Are ‘Concerned’ With Tariff Impositions,” High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal, 6/13/18)

Oklahoma Wheat Farmer & National Association Of Wheat Growers President Jimmie Musick: “America’s Wheat Farmers Are Experiencing Continued Drought, Historically Low Commodity Prices, And Trade Uncertainty.  Adding A 25% Tariff On Exports To China For U.S. Wheat Is The Last Thing We Need.” (“Ag Groups Push For #TradeNotTariffs,” Farm Futures, 6/14/18)

Wisconsin Dairy Farmer Brody Stapel: “Dairy Farmers And Processors Simply Cannot Afford A Trade War That Will Choke Off Access To Major Partners.” (Rick Barrett & Craig Gilbert, “Wisconsin Reeling From Tariffs Coming From Mexico, Canada, Europe,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6/8/18)

Wisconsin Manufacturer Doug Reigle: “We Ship Our Products All Over The World – 65 Percent Of Our Revenue Comes From Outside The United States …  And The Tariffs Are Hitting Us Especially Hard.” (Rick Barrett & Craig Gilbert, “Wisconsin Reeling From Tariffs Coming From Mexico, Canada, Europe,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6/8/18)

Wisconsin State Journal Editorial Board: “Wisconsin And America Need Access To Growing Markets And An Expanding Middle Class Around The Globe To Compete And Prosper.” (“Trump’s Trade Wars Will Hurt Wisconsin’s Economy, Consumers And Even Our Beer,” Wisconsin State Journal, 6/10/18)

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