U.S. Senators Fischer & Thune Discuss Importance Of Free Trade To American Farmers

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer: “Nebraskans Understand Accessing New Markets Provides A Trickle-Down Effect For New Market Opportunities In Numerous Sectors Across Our Economy.” “As you are well aware, there is a lot of anxiety in farm country.  In Nebraska, one in four jobs are tied directly to production agriculture.  We’ve seen current net farm down 50 percent in the last five years, coupled with this uncertainty that’s surrounding our international trade … Nebraskans understand accessing new markets provides a trickle-down effect for new market opportunities in numerous sectors across our economy.” (Committee On Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 4/24/18)

U.S. Senator John Thune: “I Hope That We Are Working Aggressively To Open Up More Trading Opportunities For American Agriculture For Our Farmers And Ranchers.” “Regarding agricultural trade, I’d just like to go on the record in opposition to ad hoc price loss payments to producers who suffer economic loss from trade sanctions, tariffs and loss of export markets due to our trade policies.  We urgently need well-crafted trade agreements that maintain and expand markets.  And we need these agreements sooner rather than later.  Farmers and ranchers need and want their income from the marketplace, not market loss assistance payments from the federal government.  And so, I hope that we are working aggressively to open up more trading opportunities for American agriculture for our farmers and ranchers.” (Committee On Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 4/24/18)