U.S. Representative LaHood Expresses Concern Over The Uncertain Future Facing Farmers

U.S. Representative Darin LaHood: “The Uncertainty That We Have Right Now Is What I Hear Every Day From My Farmers.” “I represent a heavy ag district in central Illinois.  Ours is the eighth largest in terms of corn and soybean production in the country.  Also blessed to have Caterpillar have their operational headquarters there.  And whether it’s Caterpillar or John Deere or our farmers, obviously they’re affected by the administration’s current trade policy.  And I’ve described the administration’s trade policy as in some ways unorthodox, unconventional … and I guess Mr. Heisdorffer, when I look at our ag community and I look at what’s going on with NAFTA and our current negotiations, which obviously we’re having our eighth round this week, and the concerns there and looking at the potential tariffs on steel and aluminum, and the retaliation there, what we hear from the administration is that give them some time in terms of negotiating … I guess I would ask you what gives you comfort or reassurance with the direction we’re heading as you talk to farmers in your area and other soybean producers?” (Committee On Ways & Means, U.S. House Of Representatives, Hearing, 4/12/18)

  • American Soybean Association President John Heisdorffer In Response: “Any Kind Of Interruption In Our Exports Really Hurts Us.” “Well, more exports [are] of course our biggest push. We all have to make decisions as you said a year in advance more or less.  We’re going to put in a corn crop.  We’ve got to start putting nitrogen on the year before.  I’m a livestock person, so we have that swine manure that we have to take care of in the fall and we inject that into the ground, according to our manure management plan, and that is our nitrogen for our corn crop the following year.  So, those acres are committed and so soybeans are the same way.  Whatever acres don’t go to corn, usually get rotated.  Understanding that your state is the number one soybean producer here, the last few years anyway, we are proud that we can produce a protein that will help feed the world.  And soybeans [are] that protein.  And we will continue to do that as long as we can, but any kind of interruption in our exports really hurts us.” (Committee On Ways & Means, U.S. House Of Representatives, Hearing, 4/12/18)