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Farmers Want Trade Certainty
Call Free Trade The Best Solution 

(Sources: The Spokesman-Review & Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
 

U.S. Soybean Export Council CEO Jim Sutter: “Where We Are Right Now, Anything That Reduces Demand, Whether Its Demand For Ethanol, Demand For Soybeans Is Negative.  It’s Not Good For Agriculture.” (Justin Worland, “Why Donald Trump Is Feeling The Heat From Midwestern Farmers,” TIME, 9/10/18)

Iowa State Economist Chad Hart: “[Aid] Is A ‘Band-Aid But Not A Cure.  It Helps Farmers To Have The Cash In Place.  But It Doesn’t Cure The Symptoms On Why The Payment Was Needed.” (Donnelle Eller, “Iowa Farmers Could Snag $550 Million From Trump’s Farm Bailout,” Des Moines Register, 9/7/18)

North Dakota Soybean Farmer Chris Johnson: “Oh, It’s A Devasting Loss.  Soybeans Are My Largest Acreage Crop.” (Jim Zarroli, “Farmers Hope For China Trade Deal, But For Now They Worry About Tariffs’ Impact,” NPR, 9/13/18)

Iowa Soybean Farmer Rob Ewoldt: “We Appreciate That [The Government] Realizes Agriculture Is Important, But We Would Much Rather Have The Free Trade.” (Julia Shanahan, “Iowa Soybean Farmers Feeling The Heat Of Tariffs,” The Daily Iowan, 9/11/18)

Iowa Soybean & Corn Farmer Ben Schmidt: “We Don’t Understand What Is Totally Going On In The Tariff World.  Some Headway With Mexico And Canada With Help, But China Is The No. 1 Customer Of Soybeans.  The Free Market Is The Only Way To Trade The Beans.” (Julia Shanahan, “Iowa Soybean Farmers Feeling The Heat Of Tariffs,” The Daily Iowan, 9/11/18)

Washington Farmer Mike Carstensen: “Farmers Want Predictability And Certainty, But We Just Don’t Have That Right Now.  It’s Hard To Predict Where Everything Is Going.” (Thomas Clouse, “Washington Wheat Harvest Is Strong, But Trade Concerns Weigh On Growers,” The Spokesman-Review, 9/13/18)

Washington Grains Commission Communications Director Scott Yates: “Dating Back To The Late 1940s, Japan Has Bought More Wheat From The U.S. Than Any Other Country In The World.  Suddenly, We May Be Priced Out Of That Market.  That Is An Enormous Frustration.” (Thomas Clouse, “Washington Wheat Harvest Is Strong, But Trade Concerns Weigh On Growers,” The Spokesman-Review, 9/13/18)

Stanislaus County (CA) Farm Bureau Executive Director Wayne Zipser: “We Haven’t Seen Anything Yet As Far As Any Major Downfalls On Any Of The Major Crops That We Grow Here, But There’s Certainly Uncertainty Out There.  I Think There’s A Lot of Uncertainty That Really Puts A Lot of Stress On Farmers.” (Eric Escalante, “How Tariffs, River Flows, And NAFTA Have Caused A Stressful 2018 For Farmers,” ABC 10, 9/12/18)

Minnesota Farmer Greg Boerboom: “Hog Producers In General Just Want The Whole Tariff Issue Solved And Go Back To Open Trade … The Farm Community Is Still Supporting Trump’s Policy.  But There’s Going To Be A Period Of Time When That Trust And Support Runs Out.” (Adam Belz, “Minnesota Farmers Consider Asking For Government Help As Trade War Worsens Downturn That Started Years Ago,” Star Tribune, 9/12/18)

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