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Month: June 2018

Pennsylvania Apple Orchard Owner Featured in New Ad Highlighting the Impact of Tariffs on Family Farmers  

WATCH – New national TV and digital ad features Mark Boyer, owner of family-run orchard in Fishertown, PA; Boyer on impacts of trade war: “The stakes are high. People will lose their jobs.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf6YFwMwqqI

(Washington, D.C.) – Farmers for Free Trade and the U.S. Apple Association released a new national cable television advertisement today that provides an on-the-ground look at how current trade disputes are damaging export markets for American farmers. The spot features Mark Boyer, part-owner of Ridgetop Orchards, a family-run farm in Fishertown, Pennsylvania. Apples are among the U.S.-grown products that are being targeted by trading partners with retaliatory tariffs in response to the Section 232 tariffs.

“The U.S. apple industry does depend on exports,” Mark Boyer says in the 30 second spot. “Without certainty in foreign markets, why would you invest in equipment, why would you invest in anything? The stakes are high. People will lose their jobs.”

The advertisement will run in the immediate aftermath of new retaliatory tariffs being announced on American farm exports from key U.S. trading partners including Mexico, India, Canada, China, and the European Union. U.S. apple exports, which support family-owned orchards across the nation are particularly prone to be hard hit by retaliatory tariffs.

“Profit margins in agriculture are razor-thin, or nonexistent.” said Jim Bair, U.S. Apple Association President & CEO“Our numbers 1, 2, 3, and 6th largest export markets are already impacted or threatened. That hurts not only growers but also thousands of affiliated jobs in small-town America. We need these disputes to get resolved amicably and quickly.”

The new advertisement will run on cable news channels including Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC as well as online. It is the third ad in a series of Farmers for Free Trade spots that highlight the negative impacts of protectionist trade policies on farmers and rural communities

“This situation is going from bad to worse,” said Brian Kuehl, Executive Director of Farmers for Free Trade“What this ad helps show is that these tariffs are having an impact on American farms right now. It shows that this isn’t a theoretical threat. Let’s call it what is – this is a trade war that is impacting the livelihoods of American farmers, farmers we work with are paying higher prices for their equipment because of the steel tariffs, have had contracts cancelled, and have been hurt by falling commodity prices.”

Farmers for Free Trade is a bipartisan, non-profit campaign to rebuild support at the grassroots level for trade policies that benefit American agriculture. Farmers for Free Trade, which is backed by major ag organizations and commodity groups is leading efforts to warn the Administration and lawmakers of the consequences of retaliation on farmers and rural communities. For more on Farmers for Free Trade visit: FarmersForFreeTrade.com

U.S. Apple Association is the trade association representing all segments of the apple industry and the nation’s 7,500 apple growers in 40 states. The annual farm gate value of the U.S. apple crop is about $4.5 billion. The apple industry generates about $15 billion in economic activity annually and contributes nearly $1 billion each year toward a positive balance of trade.

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Farmers for Free Trade Statement on Administration Approval of $50 Billion in 301 Tariffs

(Washington D.C.) – Farmers for Free Trade Executive Director, Brian Kuehl released the following statement following reports that the Administration will move forward with $50 billion in tariffs on China which are expected to result in heavy retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural exports.

“For American farmers this isn’t theoretical anymore, it’s downright scary. It’s no longer a negotiating tactic, it’s a tax on their livelihoods. Within days, soybean, corn, wheat and other American farmers are likely to be hit with retaliatory tariff of up to 25% on exports that keep their operations afloat. When they do, they’re not going to remain silent.

“The imposition of these tariffs is not only a blow to our farmers, it’s a win for our competitors. When American soybeans and corn become more expensive, South America wins. When beef becomes more expensive, Australia wins. As this trade war drags on, farmers will rightly question why our competitors are winning while we’re losing.

“Farmers for Free Trade will continue to hold town hall meetings across the country this summer to ensure farmer’s voices are being heard. The message will be loud and clear: American farmers demand that elected officials support them by ending this trade war.”

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Farmers for Free Trade Statement on Mexican Retaliation on 232 Tariffs

(Washington D.C.) – Farmers for Free Trade Deputy Director Angela Hofmann released the following statement after the immediate imposition of tariffs of 10 and 20 percent on U.S. ag exports in retaliation for steel and aluminum tariffs. The list of Mexican tariffs is HERE.

“These tariffs will exact immediate and painful consequences on many American farmers.  Hog, apple, potato and dairy farmers are among those suddenly facing a 10 or 20 percent tax hike on the exports they depend of for their livelihoods. Farmers need certainty and open markets to make ends meet. Right now they are getting chaos and protectionism.

“The Mexican market has been a windfall from American farmers. Over the last 25 years, American exports to Mexico have increased fivefold. Escalating trade tensions that have resulted in today’s tariffs put that growth at risk.

“These are self-inflicted wounds. Farmers deserve better.”

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