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South Dakota Congressional Delegation Raises Alarm As Trade Uncertainty Pushes Farmers To “The Brink Of Economic Collapse” 

U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Member John Thune, Ways & Means Committee Member Kristi Noem & Senator Mike Rounds: “Agriculture Is South Dakota’s Number One Industry And The Cornerstone of Its Economy.  South Dakota Ranks In The Top Ten States In Producing Cattle, Hogs, Corn, Wheat, And Soybeans With More Than 11 Million Acres Of These Three Crops Planted In 2018.  Because Of Our State’s Dependency On Agriculture Exports, Our Producers Can No Longer Continue To ‘Wait And See’ What Happens With U.S. Trade In The Global Arena.  Trade Uncertainty Over Just The Past Few Months Has Cost South Dakota Farmers And Ranchers Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars They Could Not Afford To Lose.” (Letter From South Dakota Congressional Delegation To President Donald Trump, 7/11/18)

  • Thune, Noem & Rounds: “Over The Past Several Months, We Have Expressed Serious Concern That The Steep Drop In Commodity And Livestock Prices Linked To Current U.S. Trade Policies And Recently Effectuated Sanctions Could Push An Alarming Number Of Our State’s Farms, Ranches And Rural Areas To The Brink Of Economic Collapse.” (Letter From South Dakota Congressional Delegation To President Donald Trump, 7/11/18)
  • Thune, Noem & Rounds: “As You Continue To Pursue Trade Negotiations To Address Unfair Trade Practices And Other Trade Barriers, We Strongly Urge You To Make U.S. Agricultural Exports A Priority Of Those Negotiations And To Negotiate With Our Trading Partners To Protect Agriculture Products From All Existing And Future Tariffs.” (Letter From South Dakota Congressional Delegation To President Donald Trump, 7/11/18)

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