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U.S. Agriculture Industry Continues To Sound Alarm On Tariff Retaliation
Warns Retaliatory Tariffs Would “Certainly Hurt” & That “Lifeblood” Of Agriculture At Risk

U.S. Agriculture Industry Has Continued To Voice Its Concerns Of The Detrimental Impact Of Tariff Retaliation:

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “[Tariffs] Could Not Be Happening At A Worse Time For American Agriculture.  Farm Income Across Commodities Has Fallen By About 50 Percent Over The Past Four Years.  Retaliation In The Trade Arena Makes Our Outlook Even Worse.” (Catherine Boudreau & Helena Bottemiller Evich, “Trade Retaliation Gets Real For Farmers,” Politico, 3/26/18)

National Pork Producers Council Spokesperson Jim Monroe: “Exports Are The Lifeblood Of The Industry.” (Jesse Newman, Jacob Bunge & Benjamin Parkin, “For U.S. Farmers, China Tariffs’ Timing Is Brutal,” The Wall Street Journal, 3/25/18)

National Council Of Farmer Cooperatives CEO Chuck Conner: “Retaliation From China Would Add Significant Further Injury To An Already-Hobbled Farm Economy.  Prices Are Down 40 Percent And Farm Income Is Down 50 Percent, And We Simply Can’t Afford For Those Numbers To Get Worse.” (Bill Tomson, “Ag Sector Worries Trump Tariffs, Tactics May Spark Trade War With China,” Agri-Pulse, 3/26/18)

Wine Institute CEO Bobby Koch: “Chinese Retaliation Against U.S. Wine Would Put Our Producers At A Significant Disadvantage In One Of The Most Important Markets In The World At A Critical Time.” (David Pitt & Steve Karnowski, “Trump Draws Ire Of Farmers Targeted In Chinese Trade Dispute,” The Associated Press, 3/23/18)

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Rick Ebert: “Higher Tariffs Make Our Products More Expensive And Less Competitive, Which Opens The Door For Other Countries To Replace The U.S. As A Supplier Of Food Overseas.” (Rick Dandes, “Farm Bureau: Trade Tariffs Can Only Harm PA Farmers,” The Daily Item, 3/24/18) 

Produce Marketing Association Vice President Richard Owen: “It Will Certainly Hurt U.S. Producers And Exporters.” (Jesse Newman, Jacob Bunge & Benjamin Parkin, “For U.S. Farmers, China Tariffs’ Timing Is Brutal,” The Wall Street Journal, 3/25/18)

Vice President Of Government Affairs For Western Growers Dennis Nuxoll: “I Hope This Will Spur The U.S. And China To Reach A Negotiated Settlement Before There Is Any Economic Impact … Let’s Begin With A Dialogue Before We Go Straight To Tariffs.” (Catherine Boudreau & Helena Bottemiller Evich, “Trade Retaliation Gets Real For Farmers,” Politico, 3/26/18)

Minnesota Pork Producers Association CEO David Preisler: “I Think It’s Important To Realize That China Has Said [It Will Retaliate], But It Hasn’t Been Implemented.  Hopefully There’s Still Time To Sit Down And Have Respective Governments Work Through Things.” (David Pitt & Steve Karnowski, “Trump Draws Ire Of Farmers Targeted In Chinese Trade Dispute,” The Associated Press, 3/23/18)

Illinois Farmer Brian Duncan: “This Is An Incredibly Risky Gamble On The President’s Part, And Quite Frankly, I Wish He Was Gambling With Someone Else’s Money.  There Are Real People’s Lives At Stake In This Game Of Brinkmanship.” (Catherine Boudreau & Helena Bottemiller Evich, “Trade Retaliation Gets Real For Farmers,” Politico, 3/26/18)

  • Duncan: “Trade Relationships Are Tenuous, It’s A Competitive World, And These Markets Are Not Regained Overnight.” (Catherine Boudreau & Helena Bottemiller Evich, “Trade Retaliation Gets Real For Farmers,” Politico, 3/26/18)

Indiana Farmer Joe Steinkamp: “A Trade War Could Be The No. 1 Negative Impact On Our Farm In 2018.” (Maureen Groppe, “Here’s How A Trade War With China Could Affect Hoosiers,” The Indianapolis Star, 3/26/18)

Iowa Farmer Wayne Humphreys: “We’ve Invested A Lot Of Time, Talent And Treasure In Developing Markets Around The World, And With The Stroke Of A Pen, That Investment Has Been Jeopardized.” (David Pitt & Steve Karnowski, “Trump Draws Ire Of Farmers Targeted In Chinese Trade Dispute,” The Associated Press, 3/23/18)

Iowa Farmer Dave Struthers: “We’re Very Concerned About What Might Happen As Far As A Tariff.” (David Pitt & Steve Karnowski, “Trump Draws Ire Of Farmers Targeted In Chinese Trade Dispute,” The Associated Press, 3/23/18)

Nebraska Farmer Alan Tiemann: “We Need Trade.” (“What The End Of NAFTA Would Mean For Farmers & Ranchers,” PBS News Hour, 3/26/18)

Pig Farmer Ken Norton: “All [Trump’s] Moves In Trade Are Just Flying In The Face Of What’s Good For American Agriculture.  These Protectionist Moves Have The Potential To Do Real Harm.” (Jesse Newman, Jacob Bunge & Benjamin Parkin, “For U.S. Farmers, China Tariffs’ Timing Is Brutal,” The Wall Street Journal, 3/25/18)

Family-Owned Pork And Poultry Company Owner Ron Prestage: “I Support That The Trump Administration Is Trying To Fix The Problem.  Selfishly, I Wish It Wasn’t My Sector Of The Economy That Was The One That Got In The Crosshairs.” (Jesse Newman, Jacob Bunge & Benjamin Parkin, “For U.S. Farmers, China Tariffs’ Timing Is Brutal,” The Wall Street Journal, 3/25/18)

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